On the edge of the cliff: history, language, and practices

Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press (1997)
  Copy   BIBTEX


The importance of history has been powerfully reaffirmed in recent years by the appearance of major new authors, pathbreaking works, and fresh interpretations of historical events, trends, and methods. Responding to these developments, Roger Chartier engages several of the most influential writers of cultural history whose works have spread far beyond academic audiences to become part of contemporary cultural argument. Challenging the assertion that history is no more than a "fiction-making operation" Chartier examines the relationships between history and fiction and proposes new foundations for establishing history as a specific kind of knowledge. Michel de Certeau's description of Michel Foucault's writings as "on the edge of the cliff," provides Chartier with an image he finds appropriate not only for Foucault but for many other recent historians--including de Certeau. Exploring the relationships between discursive practices and nondiscursive practices, Chartier examines the "heterology" of de Certeau pursues the "chimera of origin" and the causes of the French Revolution in Foucault's work and raises four pertinent questions for the metahistory of Hayden White. He follows the work of Louis Marin into the distinctions between interpreting a painting and interpreting a text. And a trio of essays treats the historical sociology of Norbert Elias and his work on power and civility. Throughout, Chartier keeps his focus on historians who have stressed the relations between the products of discourse and social practices.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,088

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

The nature of historical inquiry.Leonard Mendes Marsak (ed.) - 1970 - Huntington, N.Y.,: R. E. Krieger Publishing Company.
The theft of history.Jack Goody - 2006 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
Lessons of history.Will Durant - 2010 - New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks. Edited by Ariel Durant.
Michel de Certeau: interpretation and its other.Jeremy Ahearne - 1995 - Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press. Edited by Michel de Certeau.


Added to PP

19 (#705,026)

6 months
1 (#1,149,473)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

Reading Digital Denmark: IT Reports as Material-Semiotic Actors.Peter Lauritsen & Casper Bruun Jensen - 2005 - Science, Technology, and Human Values 30 (3):352-373.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references