On the Edge of the Cliff
History, Language and Practices
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On the Edge of the Cliff by Roger Chartier
Book DescriptionThe 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801854361
(229mm x 152mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 27-Nov-1996
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Roger Chartier
Sociologist and the Historian, Paperback (April 2015)
In 1988, the renowned sociologist Pierre Bourdieu and the leading historian Roger Chartier met for a series of lively discussions that were broadcast on French public radio.
Author's Hand and the Printer's Mind, Hardback (October 2013)
* This is a major new work from one of the world s leading historians of print culture and the book. * Chartier shows that, in the early history of the book, the roles played by the printer and the typesetter were just as important as the role played by the author: they were often invisible but they were crucial.
Cardenio Between Cervantes and Shakespeare, Paperback (December 2012)
How should we read a text that does not exist, or present a play the manuscript of which is lost and the identity of whose author cannot be established for certain? Such is the enigma posed by Cardenio - a play performed in England for the first time in 1612 or 1613 and attributed forty years later to Shakespeare (and Fletcher).
Why France?, Paperback (October 2009)» View all books by Roger Chartier
A diverse array of historians provide autobiographical essays in which they explore their intellectual, political, and personal engagements with France and its past.
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Author Biography - Roger Chartier
Roger Chartier is directeur of the Center Alexandre Koyre at the Ecole des Hautes-Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.
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