Postmodernism and History
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Postmodernism and History:
- considers the origins of postmodernism in both the ideas of poststructuralist thinkers, particularly Michel Foucault, and the political and cultural developments of the late 20th century
- explores themes such as the treatment of historical evidence, problems of historical representation, feminist history, ethical judgements on past events, and the validity of metanarrative or long-term historical explanation
- discusses critically the work of a number of current and recent practicing historians - including Joan Scott, Roy Porter, Patrick Joyce and James Vernon - who have used postmodernist ideas in their writing
- enquires how far postmodern thought has been absorbed into mainstream historiography
Preface and Acknowledgements.- Introduction.- What is 'Postmodernism'?.- Status of Historical Evidence.- Problems of Representation.- Representation, Narrative and Emplotment.- Michel Foucault Representation and Power.- Representation and Relativism, Cognitive and Moral.- Representation, Metanarratives and Microhistories.- Conclusion.- Glossary.- Notes.- Further Reading.- Index.
The impact of postmodernist thought on the study of history is a hotlydebated and highly topical subject