Rethinking History 25 (2020)

Bennett Gilbert
Portland State University
This short essay is an experiment in narrative history. It explores the convergence of narrative tense and commentary tense, the role of ‘history’ in Henry Fielding’s novels, the nature of empathy by historians towards past actors through their memoirs, some ideas of moral philosophy, some ideas about what history is, and a couple of other matters. The essay is followed by a brief explanation of the experiment.
Keywords mortality  Rococo  Henry Fielding  moral philosophy  memoir
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