After having read ALL of Hayden White’s Metanarrative (for 664) I appreciated Burke’s suggestion that to ‘get around’ him historians simply might write an alternate ending.  A simple, yet sophisticated response to literary critics who suggest that historians need to recognize the “emplotments” of their own narratives.

What is the difference between context and structure for Burke?  At times, Burke’s analysis did not weigh the complicated nature of the “structure”, or theoretical positioning of the analyses reviewed in this work.  Because it’s not just a stylistic tension between narrative and structure, but a profoundly political choice mired in distinct world-views and circumstances.  In the end, I felt as though Burke was suggesting that the historical exercise is about entertaining; though, I know this would not be his position.


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