History and Criticism
"LaCapra offers an intriguing collection of essays to support both his enthusiasm for intellectual history . . . and his concern about the 'excesses' he finds in techniques and practices of the new social history. Admitting that the essays are polemical with a 'measure of exaggeration and a stylization of arguments, ' LaCapra seeks to restore the historian's appreciation for 'great' literature, the techniques of literary criticism, and the rhetoric that must be studied and analyzed to integrate this criticism into historical analysis. LaCapra calls for an engaged dialogue with the past on both an objective and a subjective plane. . . . [He] shows great familiarity with (and due respect for) recent innovations of social historians and theoreticians using the Annales approach. As a critique of their work as well as a defense of LaCapra's alternatives, this is a valuable study."--Choice
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Annales school archival argument artifacts aspects attempt Bakhtin canon Carlo Ginzburg carnivalesque century complex conception contemporary contestatory context critical reading Darnton Derrida dialogical discipline discourse discursive practices documents dominant Dominick LaCapra elite culture especially essay example fact Freud genre Ginzburg Hayden White hegemonic hegemonic culture high culture historians historical profession historiography history of criticism Ibid ideological inquiry inquisition register institutional intellectual history interaction interpretation issue Ithaca Jacques Derrida language levels of culture literary criticism literature Madame Bovary mass culture Menocchio metaphysical methodological modern period narrative narrowly documentary novel object one's oral culture past peasant culture perspective political popular culture present primordial problem problematic professional question radically reader reader-response critic reality recent reconstruction reference Rene Wellek Rethinking rhetoric riography role Schorske Schorske's scientific self-critical sense significant simply social history society sociocultural subdisciplines tend tendency texts textual theory tion traditional transferential relation understanding unified writing