Hayden White’s Modernist Events

Luís Trindade



Hayden White’s definition of modernist events constitutes a challenge to historical representation, and in particular to twentieth-century historiography. In this short essay, we will try to follow White’s analysis, identify its shortcomings and propose a way forward, a set of directions through which this potentially decisive concept can be deployed by modern historiography.


Twentieth century; figuration; historical narrative; modernism.

Citation reference:

Trindade, Luís. “Hayden White’s Modernists Events.” Práticas da História, Journal on
Theory, Historiography and Uses of the Past, n.º 6 (2018): 67-75.



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