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In our world of sophisticated literary theory and cliometrics, the gap between literature and history, between literary scholars and historians, has at times seemed to be widening. Drawing on essays written over the course of a distinguished teaching career, Lionel Gossman illuminates the many facets of the problematic relationship between history and literature and shows how each discipline both challenges and undermines the other's absolutist pretensions.
In his first chapters Gossman underlines the historicity of the very category of literature and explores the political and social implications of the notions we have of it. Literature emerges as something whose meaning and content are not as self-evident as we think; instead, what is designated by the term literature is defined by a larger cultural structure that is constantly changing. Gossman then turns to the interweaving of history and literature in historical writing itself, showing how literary narratives, philosophy, and politics are inextricably bound up in the texts of two major Romantic historians, Augustin Thierry and Jules Michelet. Seeing ourselves in relation to our Romantic predecessors--set out sympathetically and fully here by Gossman--should cause us to reflect on the current disjunction between literature and history and to try to imagine new ways in which one practice may assist and enrich the other. The final chapters deal directly with the question of the relationship between history and literature, both historically and as a contemporary problem. The last essay in particular addresses the twin issues of the place of narrative in historiography and the alleged incommensurability of historical narratives.
Gossman's detailed inquiries into the work of the Romantic historians and his thoughtful reflections on his own assumptions and practices as a scholar exemplify the highest ideals of humanistic scholarship. This eloquent and erudite work challenges us to rethink our notions about literature and history while enriching our understanding of both disciplines.
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Descrizione libro Harvard Univ Pr, 1990. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. Light wear. Very light foxing at top of pages. Light bump at top corner of rear board. Dj shows slight edgewear. Codice libro della libreria 27656
Descrizione libro Harvard University Press February 1990, 1990. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used - Very Good. Very nice clean, tight copy free of any marks. Codice libro della libreria 207245
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Descrizione libro Harvard University Press, 1990. Hardcover, no dust jacket. Spine edges are starting to curl. Else very good. 412 pp. Codice libro della libreria 444467
Descrizione libro HArvard Univ Press, Cumbreland, Rhode Island, U.S.A., 1990. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. 1st Edition. Extensive Notes. There are 412 pages. The dust jacket is in a removable. protective, clear plastic cover. Previous owner's name on inside. Size: 8vo. Codice libro della libreria 005519
Descrizione libro Harvard University Press (Loeb Library), Cambridge, MA, 1990. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Near Fine. Hardcover, 8vo. 412 pp. One page has small dog-ear. Else fine in near fine dust jacket. DJ has mild wear to corners. Protected in Mylar. All domestic orders $100 and over will be upgraded to USPS Priority shipping at no additional cost. Size: 8vo. Codice libro della libreria 48430