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Reconstructing contexts [electronic resource] : the aims and principles of archaeo-historicism /
Robert D. Hume.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c1999.
description
xiv, 235 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0198186320
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Book
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imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c1999.
isbn
0198186320
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8568532
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [195]-220) and index.
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'a clear and often humourous writer ... He writes especially well on economic and financial problems, having done extensive research into theatrical accounts, but is just as adept at dealing with aesthetic or biographical questions ... the work is full of insight ... Hume is a generous andgood tempered guide who has espoused his principles with admirable clarity.'Andrew Hadfield, TLS, 13/08/99
"...the work is full of insight....Hume is a generous and good-tempered guide who has espoused his principles with admirable clarity."--Times Literary Supplement
"...the work is full of insight....Hume is a generous and good-tempered guide who has espoused his principles with admirable clarity."-- Times Literary Supplement
'this book is rich in experimental examples'Malcolm Kelsall, MLR, 96.2, 2001
'this book is rich in experimental examples'Malcolm Kelsall, MLR, 96.2, 2001'a clear and often humourous writer ... He writes especially well on economic and financial problems, having done extensive research into theatrical accounts, but is just as adept at dealing with aesthetic or biographical questions ... the work is full of insight ... Hume is a generous and good tempered guide who has espoused his principles with admirable clarity.'Andrew Hadfield, TLS, 13/08/99
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Long Description
This book attempts to justify and theorize old historicism, defining archaeo-historicism as a method by which scholars can reconstruct past context in order to apply it to the interpretation of works and events of that time. If such reconstruction is to be more than wildly impressionistic, it must be grounded in hard evidence handled according to clear rules. In this intriguing and rigorous analysis, Robert Hume identifies legitimate objects for reconstruction and proposes procedures and principles by which such interpretation may be pursued. He then examines the failures of the same method, which works only when adequate evidence can be found. In particular, Hume flatly denies the intellectual legitimacy of literary history as it is commonly practised and attempts to disentangle such history from the practice of historicism. The final chapter is devoted to a cogent discussion of how archaeo-historicism relates to various forms of contemporary theory. Hume offers a profusion of examples of good and bad historicist reconstruction and interpretation, drawing largely on English literature but also on American and other world literatures, theatre history, and music theory. Although addressed primarily to literary critics, this wide-ranging and bold work will be of interest to historians and cultural critics as well.
Main Description
Reconstructing Contexts justifies and theorizes old historicism, showing how archaeo-historicism allows scholars to reconstruct past context and apply it to the interpretation of works and events of that time.
Main Description
This book attempts to justify and theorize old historicism, defining archaeo-historicism as a method by which scholars can reconstruct past context in order to apply it to the interpretation of works and events of that time. If such reconstruction is to be more than wildly impressionistic, itmust be grounded in hard evidence handled according to clear rules. In this intriguing and rigorous analysis, Robert Hume identifies legitimate objects for reconstruction and proposes procedures and principles by which such interpretation may be pursued. He then examines the failures of the samemethod, which works only when adequate evidence can be found. In particular, Hume flatly denies the intellectual legitimacy of literary history as it is commonly practised and attempts to disentangle such history from the practice of historicism. The final chapter is devoted to a cogent discussionof how archaeo-historicism relates to various forms of contemporary theory. Hume offers a profusion of examples of good and bad historicist reconstruction and interpretation, drawing largely on English literature but also on American and other world literatures, theatre history, and music theory.Although addressed primarily to literary critics, this wide-ranging and bold work will be of interest to historians and cultural critics as well.
Main Description
This book attempts to justify and theorize old historicism, defining archaeo-historicism as a method by which scholars can reconstruct past context in order to apply it to the interpretation of works and events of that time. In this intriguing and rigorous analysis, Robert Hume identifies legitimate objects for reconstruction by which such interpretation may be pursued. The book offers a profusion of examples of good and bad historicist reconstruction and interpretation.
Unpaid Annotation
This books attempts to justify and theorize old historicism, defining archaeo-historicism as a method by which scholars can reconstruct past context in order to apply it to the interpretation of works and events of that time. In this intriguing and rigorous analysis, Robert Hume identifies legitimate objects for reconstruction by which such interpretation may be pursued. The book offers a profusion of examples of good and bad historicist reconstruction and interpretation.
Table of Contents
Preface
Historicism and Archaeo-Historicism
The Practice of Archaeo-Historicism
The Limits of Archaeo-Historicism
Historicism and Theory
Bibliography
Index
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