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History as a Kind of Writing: Textual Strategies in Contemporary French Historiography

Philippe Carrard


This book examines conventions of writing in contemporary French historiography. It asks how French historians organize their texts; whether they stage themselves or seek to conceal their presence; whether (and how) they give actors their own voices; on what strategies they rely to guarantee the validity of their accounts of the past; whether they turn, in the course of such accounts, to figures of speech and other rhetorical devices; and whether, their reputation as traditionalists notwithstanding, they occasionally dare to experiment with the available forms of historiographic discourse. Exa ... More

Keywords: conventions of writing, French historiography, historiographic discourse, Paul Ricoeur, representation stage, rhetorical device, figure of speech, narrative

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226427966
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226428017.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philippe Carrard, author
Dartmouth College

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