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  • n. Plural form of historicism.


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  • One reason de Man's work fell out of favour in the last two decades surely has to do with the rise of the New Historicism and related historicisms and materialisms: the swing of

    History against Historicism, Formal Matters, and the Event of the Text: De Man with Benjamin

  • Balfour to write papers on the topic of "Romanticism and the Insistence of the Aesthetic" not only because I am a great admirer of the work of each of these scholars but also because each of them has in the midst of our historicisms and sociologies consistently reflected on the questions posed for Romanticism by problems of the aesthetic.

    Introduction: 'The Power is There': Romanticism as Aesthetic Insistence

  • The new literary historicisms emerging in the 1980s objected in one way or another to the effectively presentist disregard for historicity characteristic of a still high-riding literary theory, poststructuralist or deconstructive, a kind of textualist obliviousness to history carried over from structuralism and other formalisms.

    Presentism and the Archives

  • Whether in the late eighteenth century or the late twentieth, the best historicisms have been those that in one sense or another attempted to grasp this sense of fragility or provisionality of their own instruments, to hear a message from the past they didn't anticipate or wish to hear, and often to make that hearing a reflexive part of the critical knowledge they seek to forge.

    Presentism and the Archives

  • (verbal, statistical, graphic, etc.), while its model of history (like that of most historicisms) privileges the parameters of production.


  • And sorry, I don’t understand some of your historicisms.

    Jared Diamond on “The Japanese Race”


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