Threads and Traces
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|Format:||Hardback, 240 pages|
|Other Information: ||Illustrations|
|Published In: ||United States, 11 November 2011|
Carlo Ginzburg's brilliant and timely new essay collection takes a bold stand against naive positivism and allegedly sophisticated neo-skepticism. It looks deeply into questions raised by decades of post-structuralism: What constitutes historical truth? How do we draw a boundary between truth and fiction? What is the relationship between history and memory? And how do we grapple with the historical conventions that inform, in different ways, all written documents? In his answers, Ginzburg peels away layers of subsequent readings and interpretations that envelop every text to make a larger argument about history and fiction. Interwoven with compelling autobiographical references, "Threads and Traces" bears moving witness to Ginzburg's life as a European Jew, the abiding strength of his scholarship, and his deep engagement with the historian's craft.
About the Author
Carlo Ginzburg is retired from Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Italy). He is the author of numerous books that have been translated into English including The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations Introduction 1. Description and Citation 2. The Conversion of the Jews of Minorca (A.D. 417-418) 3. Montaigne, Cannibals, and Grottoes 4. Proofs and Possibilities: Postscript to Natalie Zemon Davis, The Return of Martin Guerre 5. Paris, 1647: A Dialogue on Fiction and History 6. The Europeans Discover (or Rediscover) the Shamans 7. Tolerance and Commerce: Auerbach Reads Voltaire 8. Anacharsis Interrogates the Natives: A New Reading of an Old Best Seller 9. Following the Tracks of Israel Bertuccio 10. The Bitter Truth: Stendhal's Challenge to Historians 11. Representing the Enemy: On the French Prehistory of the Protocols 12. Just One Witness: The Extermination of the Jews and the Principle of Reality 13. Details, Early Plans, Microanalysis: Thoughts on a Book by Siegfried Kracauer 14. Microhistory: Two or Three Things That I Know about It 15. Witches and Shamans Notes Index
"No other living historian approaches the range of [Ginzburg's] erudition. Every page of Threads and Traces, his latest work to appear in English, offers an illustration of it."--London Review of Books "Ginzburg's range is remarkable ... rich in references to and insights about diverse historical perspectives."--Publishers Weekly "A collection of essays by the profoundly original, intellectually wide-ranging, Italian-Jewish historian Carlo Ginzburg ... an illuminating collection of chapters, deftly translated from the original Italian by Anne C. and John Tedeschi."--Forward "These essays humanely and generously explore the question of how history ought to be written."--The Literary Review "Surprising pace, intellectual range, and learned discourse is typical throughout the book... Artfully constructed essays."--Jrnl of Interdisciplinary History
|Publisher: ||University of California Press|
|Dimensions: ||23.0 x 16.0 x 2.0 centimeters (0.59 kg)|