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The History Question: Who Owns the Past?

The History Question Who Owns the Past In the third Quarterly Essay for Inga Clendinnen looks past the skirmishes and pitched battles of the history wars and asks what s at stake what kind of history do we want and need Should our hi

  • Title: The History Question: Who Owns the Past?
  • Author: Inga Clendinnen
  • ISBN: 9781863952545
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the third Quarterly Essay for 2006, Inga Clendinnen looks past the skirmishes and pitched battles of the history wars and asks what s at stake what kind of history do we want and need Should our historians be producing the objective record of achievement that the Prime Minister has called for For Clendinnen, historians cannot be the midwives of national identity anIn the third Quarterly Essay for 2006, Inga Clendinnen looks past the skirmishes and pitched battles of the history wars and asks what s at stake what kind of history do we want and need Should our historians be producing the objective record of achievement that the Prime Minister has called for For Clendinnen, historians cannot be the midwives of national identity and also be true to their profession history cannot do the work of myth Clendinnen illuminates the ways in which history, myth and fiction differ from one another, and why the differences are important In discussing what good history looks like, she pays tribute to the human need for story telling but notes the distinctive critical role of the historian She offers a spirited critique of Kate Grenville s novel The Secret River, and discusses the Stolen Generations and the role of morality in history writing This is an eloquent and stimulating essay about a subject that has generated much heat in recent times how we should record and regard the nation s past Who owns the past In a free society, everyone It is a magic pudding belonging to anyone who wants to cut themselves a slice, from legend manufacturers through novelists looking for ready made plots, to interest groups out to extend their influence Inga Clendinnen, The History Question

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    1. A well-known essay in Australian circles, that asks Can a novelist do history? and answers, No.I of course am on the other side, and think the novelist's case here weakly put: what she argues against is poor novel strategy, not the potential. Nevertheless the essay is justly known for its eloquence, even if you need a cogently written challenge from the opposition.



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