White reading Giambattista Vico: the false in the true and the ironic conditions of historiographic liberty

Maria-Benedita Basto

 

Abstract:

This article deals with Hayden White’s chapter on Giambattista Vico’s tropological model of historical transformation, which is part of his seminal collection of essays Tropics of Discourse. Focussing on White’s understanding of how Vico could inspire a critical history of historiographic consciousness, it is demonstrated how his reading of Vico’s poetics of irony opens up a creative tension between discourse and the world, which can serve as a theoretical framework for liberty and critique in historiography.

Keywords:

Hayden White; Giambattista Vico; tropes; consciousness.

Citation reference:

Basto, Maria-Benedita. “White reading Giambattista Vico: the false in the true and the
ironic conditions of historiographic liberty.” Práticas da História, Journal on Theory,
Historiography and Uses of the Past, n.º 6 (2018): 31-39.

 


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