Uniwersytet Przyrodniczo-Humanistyczny w Siedlcach

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Historical narrative
Hayden White
writing history
literary skills
era of digitalization


The author of the article presents Hayden White’s understanding of historical
narrative. This tropological understanding of history emphasizes common constructive
processes in the writing of fiction and historical narrative. According to
White, historians use fictive elements (narrative structures) in writing historical
narratives, which are important for their understanding. This is the opposite view
to the traditional “scientific” understanding of historical narratives which suppose
that the significance of literary dimension of historical narrative disappears in the
process of creating one universal narrative about the past. Contemporary postmodern
culture supports radical plurality of historical narratives, which reduces the
possibility of writing such a universal historical narrative. From the point of view of
the author, the developing era of digitalization will have a negative impact on literary
skill of young generation as well as the writing of historical narrative.