Frontiers of Historical Imagination: Narrating the European Conquest of Native America, 1890-1990

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University of California Press, 29 Jul 1997 - 388 halaman
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The American frontier, a potent symbol since Europeans first stepped ashore on North America, serves as the touchstone for Kerwin Klein's analysis of the narrating of history. Klein explores the traditions through which historians, philosophers, anthropologists, and literary critics have understood the story of America's origin and the way those understandings have shaped and been shaped by changing conceptions of history.

The American West was once the frontier space where migrating Europe collided with Native America, where the historical civilizations of the Old World met the nonhistorical wilds of the New. It was not only the cultural combat zone where American democracy was forged but also the ragged edge of History itself, where historical and nonhistorical defied and defined each other.

Klein maintains that the idea of a collision between people with and without history still dominates public memory. But the collision, he believes, resounds even more powerfully in the historical imagination, which creates conflicts between narration and knowledge and carries them into the language used to describe the American frontier. In Klein's words, "We remain obscurely entangled in philosophies of history we no longer profess, and the very idea of 'America' balances on history's shifting frontiers."
 

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History Narrative West
1
The Language of History
13
Histories and Hypotheses
22
Explaining History
31
Systems and Paradigms
37
Narrative Explanations
47
From Spirit to System
58
Frontier Dialectics
78
A World without Culture
170
The Science of Acculturation
174
EthnoHistory
183
The Double Plot of Edward H Spicer
186
The Trouble with Tragedy
195
Margins Borders Boundaries
205
The End of Ethnohistory
209
Histories of Language
213

The Folly of Comedy
88
Provincial Politics
92
John Dewey and the Frontier Tragedy
99
Pragmatisms Conception of Emplotment
108
Merle Curtis Corporate Frontier
113
Time Immemorial
129
William Christie MacLeod and the Tragic Savage
144
Ruth Benedict and the Cultural Turn
148
Ramons Frontier Tale
153
Friedrich Nietzsche and the American Indians
161
Leo Marx
229
Myth Method and Manliness
238
Queer Frontiers
245
Gloria Anzaldua
261
A Note on Form
271
Postwestern
273
The Predicament of Culture
278
The Problem of History
287
Language Is Story
297
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Kerwin Lee Klein is Assistant Professor of History at University of California, Berkeley.

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