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Review: ALL WRITTEN UP: Unsettling History: Archiving and Narrating in Historiography by Sebastian Jobs; Alf Lüdtke
Reviewed Work: Unsettling History: Archiving and Narrating in Historiography by Sebastian Jobs, Alf Lüdtke
Review by: Carolyn Steedman
History and Theory
Vol. 50, No. 3 (October 2011), pp. 433-442
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41300105
Page Count: 10
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This edited collection of conference papers moves historiographical debate beyond the cultural, linguistic, subjective, and archival "turns," and beyond historiographical questions asked from the "postcolony," to consider the historian's role as writer and in relationship to his or her (dead) subjects. Wider cultural appropriations of the Holocaust frame several contributions and underpin the ethics of historical reconstruction discussed. This review of Unsettling History considers "raising the dead" as a paradigmatic activity of Western social historians, first articulated in the European nineteenth century. Using the perspective of its editors and contributors, it argues for a yet more detailed attention to historians' acts and performances of writing.
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