Tropes for the Past: Hayden White and the History/Literature Debate

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NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS

The editor of the book

Kuisma Korhonen is the author of Textual Friendships: The Essay as Impossible Encounter (Amherst, NY: Humanity Books, 2005). He has published numerous essays and articles in Finnish, English, and French, and taught comparative literature at the University of Helsinki. Currently he is a docent (adjunct professor) of comparative literature and a Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland.


Contributors

Hayden White is Professor Emeritus of the history of consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the professor of comparative literature at Stanford University. He is the author of numerous widely influential books, including Metahistory, Tropics of Discourse, The Content of the Form, and Figural Realism, most of them translated in numerous languages. His work has had a profound influence on conceptualization and practice in all humanities disciplines.

Herman Paul is currently writing a Ph.D. thesis on Hayden White's philosophy of history at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He has published an essay on the use and abuse of victim's perspectives in historical writing: Slachtofferperspectieven in de geschiedschrijving. Een geschiedfilosofische analyse (Groningen 2001). He has also co-edited a volume on religious lieux de mémoire in the Netherlands (2004).

Stanley Corkin is Professor and Director of graduate studies in the English Department at the University of Cincinnati. His books include Realism and the Birth of the Modern US: Cinema, Literature and Culture (1996) and Cowboys as Cold Warriors: Hollywood Westerns and Post War U.S. History (Temple University Press, 2004). His essays on US cinema, literature and culture have appeared in a number of journals, including Cinema Journal, Journal of American History, and Modern Fiction Studies. He and Professor Frus (see below) have collaborated on a number of projects.

Phyllis Frus is Associate Professor of English at Hawaii Pacific University, where she chairs the writing program and teaches in the film studies program. She is the author of The Politics and Poetics of Journalistic Fiction: The Timely and the Timeless (Cambridge, 1994), [Documenting Domestic Violence in American Films,] in Violence and American Cinema, ed. David Slocum (AFI/Routledge, 2001), and many articles on the relation between fiction and nonfictional texts. She and Professor Corkin (see above) have been collaborating since 1993, focusing on historical readings of literary works. They have published essays on Willa Cather and Zora Neale Hurston, two review essays on educational reform and the culture wars, and an edition of Stephen Crane that includes texts by writers of his time. They are working on a book about U.S. history-based films, including documentaries.

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