Walter A. Davis - Deracination: Historicity, Hiroshima, and the Tragic Imperative
Published: 2001-02 | ISBN: 0791448339, 0791448347 | PDF | 301 pages | 0.7 MB
Through a critique of history--as a reality, a discipline, and a way of writing--Deracination challenges the basic theoretical tenets of both humanism and postmodernism. As a discipline, history is currently undergoing what Heidegger would call a productive "crisis," and a number of thinkers, including Michel Foucault, Hayden White, Paul Ricoeur, and Stephen Greenblatt, have begun to reexamine the cognitive assumptions and narrative paradigms that inform the discipline. This book radicalizes such developments in order to construct both a new theory of history as well as a new concept of how histories should be written. To make the interrogation concrete, the book focuses on Hiroshima and the ways in which the trauma of that event has been repressed by the discourses that historians have fashioned in order to "explain" what happened on August 6, 1945.