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History Out of Joint: Essays on the Use and Abuse of History

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In History Out of Joint, Sande Cohen considers the ways in which historical narratives summon up a past and lay down a future in the ever-multiplying intellectual debates of contemporary public culture. As competing factions advance contradictory principles to validate or discredit their preferred accounts of the past and the present, Cohen argues that the fundamental ques ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 28th 2005 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published 2005)
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Katie
Dec 02, 2012 Katie rated it it was ok
I think we've found the limits of my appreciation of postmodernism!

History Out of Joint focuses predominantly on how historiography is used (and abused) by contemporaries to affect modern public life and to shape the content and form of the future. For Cohen, this done primarily through the use of language and rhetoric, and it is an intrinsically violent and restricting process. Building off of Nietzsche, Cohen envisions language as a sort of desperate crutch. Certain fashionable phrases or con
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