Produced in honor of White's eightieth birthday, Re-Figuring Hayden White testifies to the lasting importance of White's innovative work, which firmly reintegrates historical studies with literature and the humanities. The book is a major reconsideration of the historian's contributions and influence by an international group of leading scholars from a variety of disciplines. Individual essays address the key concepts of White's intellectual career, including tropes, narrative, figuralism, and the historical sublime while exploring the place of White's work in the philosophy of history, postmodernism, and ethics. They also discuss his role as historian and teacher and apply his ideas to specific historical events.
About the authors
Frank Ankersmit is Professor of Intellectual History and Historical Theory at Groningen University. Ewa Domańska is Associate Professor of Theory and History of Historiography at Adam Mickiewicz University and Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Stanford University. Hans Kellner is Professor of English at North Carolina State University.
"This book constitutes a fresh and welcome understanding of the work of Hayden White, the foremost history theorist of the last forty years. Anyone interested in developments in historical thinking and practice must read this book."
—Alun Munslow University of Chichester