Hayden White’s Modernist Events

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Hayden White’s definition of modernist events constitutes a challenge to historical representation, and in particular to twentieth-century historiography. In this short essay, we will try to follow White’s analysis, identify its shortcomings and propose a way forward, a set of directions through which this potentially decisive concept can be deployed by modern historiography.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-75
Number of pages9
JournalPráticas da História
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Twentieth century
  • Modernism
  • Figuration
  • Historical narrative


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