The absence of the past is often disconcerting and uncanny but is, nevertheless, inevitable. Reflections on the reasons for historical ignorance.
Tag Archive for ‘Narratology (Narrativitätstheorie)’
In Search of Narrative Plausibility
How shall we articulate a concept of plausibility of historical narratives as a way to assess their adequacy? Jörn Rüsen offers a starting point with his definition of ‘Triftigkeit’.
On the Diagnosis and Treatment of Narrative Vices
All history is narrative to one degree or another, as Danto has shown, and those who disdain narrative usually end-up telling stories, nonetheless, in their historical writing. We all live narrative projects…
A Plea for Historytelling in the Classroom
In recent years – not least because of the triumphant march of (by now inflationary) competency models – the didactics of history has focused on the deconstruction of historical narratives. Of course, there are several good reasons for this, but nevertheless, history teaching needs historytelling.
A History/Memory Matrix for History Education
On what grounds do the interventions of school history rest? Why not simply accept “spontaneous” community memory, family myth, commercially produced narratives (e.g., Hollywood cinema) or other state-sponsored memories (e.g., national…
Between Memory Recall and Historical Consciousness: Implications for Education
Abstract: “Honestly, I don’t recall anything. But I think there were lots of troubles between French and English Canadians… ” says one 17 year old student when asked to… Read More ›