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Hayden White

WithJoyce Appleby, Elizabeth Covington, David Hoyt, Michael Latham, Allison Sneider

Hayden White is a professor of the History of Consciousness at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is the only postmodernist considered here who works within the academic discipline of history. White wrote traditional works of intellectual history such as The Emergence of Liberal Humanism (co-written with Wilson Coates in 1966) early in his career. Only since the historical profession made the “linguistic turn” has White become known as the foremost critic of the modern historiographical tradition. While his predecessors focused upon historical methodology, White questions the very forms of language in which history is written.