2015 HISTORY OF RECENT SOCIAL SCIENCE (HISRESS) ANNUAL MEETING Harvard University 6-7 June 2015 hisress.org This two-day conference will bring together researchers working on the history of post-World War II social science. It will provide a forum for the latest […]
The committee for the 2015 Conference of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History–Andrew Hartman (Illinois State University), Michael Kimmage (Catholic University), Claire Rydell (Stanford University), and Jonathan Wilson (Syracuse University)—is pleased to announce that the seventh annual S-USIH Conference will […]
The Society for U.S. Intellectual History announces its Annual Book Award for the best book in American intellectual history.The book should be a work of original scholarship. Books eligible for the 2015 award must be published in English in the […]
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It (the talking, the telling) seemed (to him, to Quentin) to partake of that logic- and reason-flouting quality of a dream which the sleeper knows must have occurred, stillborn and complete, in a second, yet the very quality upon which it must depend to move the dreamer (verisimilitude) to credulity – horror or pleasure or amazement – depends as completely upon a formal recognition of and acceptance of elapsed and yet-elapsing time as music or a printed tale.
–Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom!, Chapter 1
For the past few weeks we have been publishing James Livingston’s essay “What Is Called History at the End of Modernity?” in installments. We published the fourth and final installment of the essay last Saturday. On behalf of the S-USIH community of writers and readers, I want to thank Jim once again for bringing this work to us and letting us publish it here at the blog.
Livingston did not write the essay for serialization; he thought we should publish it all at once, of a piece. The serialization was my idea — and I really had to fight for it, right up to the last installment. In this post I want to explain to our readers why I thought it was best to present the essay as we did, reflect on how the form of publication may have affected the force and flow of the argument as it unfolded, and suggest some ways we might follow up on this initial publication. (more…)