Work of the Fellows: Monographs

Elizabeth A. Clark, History, Theory, Text: Historians and the Linguistic Turn

Clark, Elizabeth A. (Fellow, 1988-89; 2001-02)

Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2022

From the publisher's description:

History, Theory, Text provides a user-friendly survey of crucial developments in nineteenth- and twentieth-century debates surrounding history, philosophy, and critical theory. Beginning with the “noble dream” of “history as it really was” in the works of Leopold von Ranke, Clark goes on to review Anglo-American philosophies of history, schools of twentieth-century historiography, structuralism, the debate over narrative history, the changing fate of the history of ideas, and the impact of interpretive anthropology and literary theory on current historical scholarship. In a concluding chapter she offers some practical case studies to illustrate how attending to theoretical considerations can illuminate the study of premodernity.


Subjects: History; Philosophy; Historiography; Narrative History;