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By K. Lawson Younger

ISBN-10: 0567488365

ISBN-13: 9780567488367

ISBN-10: 1850752524

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The form itself is not reality; it is only one figurative way of re-figuring, or better, re-presenting reality. It is always the writer's selective arrangement or presentation of the events. Obviously, different modes may be employed to accomplish this task. 87 Thus narrativization in historiography always produces figurative accounts. H. White explains this in his typically eloquent style: 1. Preliminary Issues 45 To present the question of narrativization in historiography is to raise the more general question of the 'truth' of literature itself.

It simply means that the interpreter of the historical text must work that much harder at the interpretive process. Hence, when we say that a historical narrative is figurative, we are speaking primarily of this impositional nature of the account. This nature manifests itself in three ways:90 1) the structural and ideological codes underlying the text's production, 2) the themes or motifs that the text utilizes,91 and 3) the usage of rhetorical figures in the accounts. The second and third can very often be understood in terms of the old-time standard type of ANE and OT parallels.

H. White explains this in his typically eloquent style: 1. Preliminary Issues 45 To present the question of narrativization in historiography is to raise the more general question of the 'truth' of literature itself. On the whole, this question has been ignored by the analytical philosophers concerned to analyze the logic of narrative explanations in historiography. And this because, it seems to me at least, the notion of explanation which they brought to their investigation ruled out the consideration of figurative discourse as productive of genuine knowledge.

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