Impartial Stranger: History and Intertextuality in Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

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University of Delaware Press, 1999 - 290 pages
The analysis of particular cases of the interplay of dramatic and fictional forms in this eighteenth-century landmark provides a perspective on theories of historical narrative as well as an illustration of the problems encountered by Enlightenment historians in finding a satisfactory literary vehicle."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Introduction
9
Tropes of Transcendence
44
Pandemonium and Romance
96
The Genres of the Fact
156
Translating the Sources Dialogue or Bricolage?
195
Conclusion
248
Notes
251
Bibliography
269
Index
278
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Page 18 - Pecuchet, those eternal copyists, at once sublime and comic and whose profound ridiculousness indicates precisely the truth of writing, the writer can only imitate a gesture that is always anterior, never original. His only power is to mix writings, to counter the ones with the others, in such a way as never to rest on any one of them. Did he wish to express himself, he ought at least to know that the inner 'thing
Page 17 - Writing is that neutral, composite, oblique space where our subject slips away, the negative where all identity is lost, starting with the very identity of the body writing.

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