Threads and Traces by Carlo Ginzburg
Threads and Traces by Carlo Ginzburg

Threads and Traces

True, False, Fictive
by Carlo Ginzburg

Translated by Anne C. Tedeschi, John Tedeschi
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Carlo Ginzburg's brilliant and timely new essay collection takes a bold stand against naive positivism and allegedly sophisticated neo-skepticism. It looks deeply into questions raised by decades of post-structuralism: What constitutes historical truth? How do we draw a boundary between truth and fiction? What is the relationship between history and memory? How do we grapple with the historical conventions that inform, in different ways, all written documents? In his answers, Ginzburg peels away layers of subsequent readings and interpretations that envelop every text to make a larger argument about history and fiction. Interwoven with compelling autobiographical references, Threads and Traces bears moving witness to Ginzburg's life as a European Jew, the abiding strength of his scholarship, and his deep engagement with the historian's craft.
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About this Edition

Language

English

Publication Date

Jan 9, 2012

Format

Hardcover

Number of Pages

328

ISBN

0520259610

ISBN-13

9780520259614