The Value of Narrativity in the Representation of Reality

  title={The Value of Narrativity in the Representation of Reality},
  author={Hayden V. White},
  journal={Critical Inquiry},
  pages={5 - 27}
  • H. White
  • Published 1 October 1980
  • Art
  • Critical Inquiry
To raise the question of the nature of narrative is to invite reflection on the very nature of culture and, possibly, even on the nature of humanity itself. So natural is the impulse to narrate, so inevitable is the form of narrative for any report of the way things really happened, that narrativity could appear problematical only in a culture in which it was absent-absent or, as in some domains of contemporary Western intellectual and artistic culture, programmatically refused. As a panglobal… 

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