An interesting discussion of Ethan Kleinberg’s new book, Haunting History: For a Deconstructive Approach to the Past, with a link to a panel discussion of the book with Kleinberg, Joan Wallach Scott, Carol Gluck and Stefanos Geroulanos.
By guest contributor Jonathon Catlin
According to Ethan Kleinberg, historians are still living in fear of the specter of deconstruction; their attempted exorcisms have failed. In Haunting History: For a Deconstructive Approach to the Past (2017), Kleinberg fruitfully “conjures” this spirit so that historians might finally confront it and incorporate its strategies for representing elusive pasts. A panel of historians recently discussed the book at New York University, including Kleinberg (Wesleyan), Joan Wallach Scott (Institute for Advanced Study), Carol Gluck (Columbia), and Stefanos Geroulanos (NYU), moderated by Zvi Ben-Dor Benite (NYU). A recording of the lively two-hour exchange is available at the bottom of this post.
Left to Right: Profs Geroulanos, Gluck, Kleinberg, and Scott
History’s ghost story goes back some decades. Hayden White’s Metahistory roiled the profession in 1974 by effectively translating the “linguistic turn” of the French deconstruction into historical terms: historical narratives are no less “emplotted” in…
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