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Beyond the Great Story
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Preface The Postmodernist Challenge Interdisciplinary Challenges Debating the Implications A Problematic Defense Texts and Contexts Clio at the Crossroads Narratives and Historicization The Paradigm of Normal History Contextualism as a Methodology The Multiple Roles of Narrativization Great Stories and the Search for a Larger Context Historical Representations and Truthfulness Interpretations and Historical Realism The Fallacy of a Single Right or Best Interpretation The Insufficiency of Facts Representation and Referentiality as Interpretive Structures The Role of Meta-Understanding History versus Fiction Contrasting Views of History as a Text Interpretation, Metahistory, and Truthfulness The New Rhetoric, Poetics, and Criticism Toward Historical Criticism A Formal Taxonomy of Textual Analysis Beyond Style The New Rhetoric of History A New Poetics of Historical Criticism Emplotment: Historicizing Time The Time of Normal History Textual or Discourse Time versus Chronological Time History versus Chronology: The Problem of Patterning The Nature and Uses of Emplotment Beginnings, Middles, and Endings Emplotment as Meaning and Lesson Toward a Poetics of Emplotment Narrativity and the Great Past Partiality as Voice and Viewpoint The Problems of Partiality The Historian in the Text Voice and Viewpoint Representing Multiple Viewpoints and Voices New Viewpoints on History Changing the Representation of Otherness The Question of Representativeness Multiculturalism and Normal History The Reorientation of Anthropology Toward a Dialogic Ideal Politics and Paradigms The Politics of Historical Practice The Politics of Viewpoint Foundations of Authority The Politics of Paradigms The Politics of the Medium versus the Message Reflexive (Con)Textualization A Basic Guide Theories, Models, Images Toward New Historicizations Transforming Historical Practice Notes Acknowledgments Index

About the Author

Robert F. Berkhofer, Jr., was Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His many publications include Salvation and the Savage: An Analysis of Protestant Missions and American Indian Response, 1787-1962; A Behavioral Approach to Historical Analysis; and The White Man's Indian: Images of the American Indian from Columbus to the Present.

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A welcome and useful book to all serious students of history... Exactly how should history be presented, if indeed, in the face of poststructuralist and postmodernist theories, it can be written at all? Berkhofer seeks an answer by constructing 'a dialogue among changing intellectual influences' and in so doing has produced a work of great importance and instruction. * Virginia Quarterly Review *
Beyond the Great Story is an attempt to suggest how the practice and institutional discipline of history can survive the challenges of literary, rhetorical, feminist and multicultural theories. Its spirit is both enthusiastically evangelical and pioneering-appropriate adjectives for a text which itself considers several histories of American colonization... Beyond the Great Story is most interesting in drawing upon such examples-Columbus, the Holocaust, the U.S. Constitution, 'facts' about George Washington, Lockridge and Cronon's histories of American colonialism-from historical practice, which continue to be written within 'normal' historical parameters. -- Moyra Haslett * Imprimatur *
This is an intelligent and well-researched book. Berkhofer poses many thoughtful questions and presents an excellent guide to theoretical and historiographical debates. -- Michael S. Roth * American Historical Review *
This book provides an excellent introduction to and survey of recent debates among American historians about history and theory, and its message is that historians should be more self-conscious and self-critical, in a word more reflexive in their writing and reviewing. -- W. Stafford * English Historical Review *
A thoughtful book, balanced in its judgments on the subject of postmodernism's challenge to conventional historical practice... [It] touches down on countless issues...raising many challenges for historians. Its call to innovate and transgress established boundaries is scaffolded on a wide reading and impressive synthesizing of difficult and often oppositional literatures-the evidence of all historiographic comment. -- Bryan D. Palmer * Journal of American History *
Beyond the Great Story proposes to assist historians in catching up with the important discussions so lively in our sister disciplines about knowledge in the postmodern condition... Berkhofer's great achievement in this volume is to translate the difficult theoretical discourses of the past two decades into questions for historians and to pose them in a manner that directly and clearly addresses their disciplinary concerns. He does this with skill, comprehensiveness, intelligence, and fairness to all sides of what is often a rancorous debate. -- Mark Poster * Reviews of Books *

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