In the essay “The question of narrative in contemporary historical theory”, published in 1984, Hayden White addresses the centrality of narrative in the process of constructing historical knowledge, arguing for the impossibility of a privileged access to the past, which, however, does not in any way diminish the historian’s professional credibility. The understanding of historiography as a “poetic act”, and the acknowledgment of an imperative articulation between the real and the imaginary, ensures a dimension of both creativity as well as responsibility, and thus a more comprehensive role for the historian.
Narrative; poetics; truth; imagination.
Referência para citação:
Bebiano, Rui. “Hayden White e o problema da narrativa.” Práticas da História, Journal
on Theory, Historiography and Uses of the Past, n.º 6 (2018): 41-50.