Afterword Language is Story

Kerwin Lee IZlein

in Frontiers of Historical Imagination

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 1997 | ISBN: 9780520204638
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924185 | DOI:
Afterword Language is Story

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This chapter argues that the quest for scientific certainty had led scholars through a series of linguistic turns which encoded historical narrative and knowledge as an antonym, and opened the doors for assaults on historical imagination. While these analytic turns have opened a world in which we can imagine history as a broadening circle of experience, they have also given us a world in which history seems to be something we can cast off at will. The chapter suggests that figuration is not always fiction, and that naming and narration entail obligation as well as reward.

Keywords: scientific certainty; historical narrative; historical imagination; figuration; narration; linguistic turns

Chapter.  815 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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