History as an Art of Memory

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UPNE, 1993 - History - 229 pages
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With a broad, interdisciplinary command of the subject, Patrick H. Hutton considers the ideas of philosophers, poets, and historians, focusing especially on the work of Giambattista Vico, Maurice Halbwachs, Philippe Ariès, and Michel Foucault. He surveys such questions as the roots of contemporary historical interest in the memory topic, the eternal paradox of repetition and recollection as moments of memory,the ways in which the art of memory has been refashioned to serce the needs of the modern age and becomes integrated into historical thinking, and historians’ changing attitudes toward the historiographical tradition of scholarship on the French Revolution.
  

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Contents

Placing Memory in Contemporary Historiography i
1
From Renaissance
27
Vicos New Science as a History of Oral Tradition
36
Discovering the True Homer
43
The Life Cycle of Collective Memory and
49
Maurice Halbwachs as Historian
73
Between Tradition and History
91
History as CounterMemory
106
The Role of Memory in the Historiography
124
History at the Crossroads of Memory
154
notes
169
BIBLIOGRAPHY
205
INDEX
225
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About the author (1993)

PATRICK H. HUTTON is Professor of History at the University of Vermont where he participates in the Integrated Humanities Program. He is author of The Cult of the Revolutionary Tradition (1981), coeditor of Technologies of the Self: A Seminar with Michel Foucalt (1988), and editor-in-chief of An Historical Dictionary of the Third French Republic (1986).

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