The Rhetoric of Historical Representation: Three Narrative Histories of the French Revolution by Ann RigneyThe Rhetoric of Historical Representation: Three Narrative Histories of the French Revolution by Ann Rigney

The Rhetoric of Historical Representation: Three Narrative Histories of the French Revolution

byAnn Rigney

Paperback | February 13, 2003

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The role which narrative discourse plays in the writing of history is an area of increasing interest to historians and literary theorists, resulting in some of the most stimulating and controversial historiographical work in recent years. The rhetoric of historical representation represents one of the first attempts to carry out a sustained textual analysis of historiographical practice. Ann Rigney focusses on three celebrated nineteenth-century histories of the French Revolution, written by Alphonse de Lamartine, Jules Michelet and Louis Blanc. What distinguishes her account is the sensitivity and sophistication with which she handles the semiotic issues each text raises. She shows how a greater understanding of the specific features of historical narration can be achieved through a comparative analysis of the different representations of a common event. This fresh new perspective on a long-standing historiographical debate brings into relief the ways in which the narrative medium can be used to invest events with one significance rather than another.
Title:The Rhetoric of Historical Representation: Three Narrative Histories of the French RevolutionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.47 inPublished:February 13, 2003Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521530687

ISBN - 13:9780521530682

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Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Historical representation and discursive context; 2. The narrative configuration of historical events; 3. The configuration of actors I; 4. The configuration of actors II; Conclusion; References; Index.