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On Historical Distance$
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Mark Salber Phillips

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300140378

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300140378.001.0001

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“The Very Web and Texture of Society as it Really Exists”

“The Very Web and Texture of Society as it Really Exists”

Literary History in Hlstoriographical Perspective

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On Historical Distance

Mark Salber Phillips

Yale University Press

This chapter examines literary history from a historiographical perspective. It suggests that the vogue for literary histories in the 1960s owes much to a desire for a closer affective engagement with the past and that readers were attracted to narratives that mediated the past through literary texts and literary lives. It also explains that the writings of poets and playwrights of this period provided the best entry into a realm which was otherwise difficult to document or explore.

Keywords:   literary history, historiographical perspective, affective engagement, narratives, literary texts, poets, playwrights

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