The Content of the Form: Narrative Discourse and Historical by Hayden White

By Hayden White

"[White] has sincerely made major advances in laying a starting place for a greater figuring out of the problematic interplay among narrative illustration and what it purports to symbolize in either historical past and literature."--American historic assessment.

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As if to void them, but actively). Also, to know what an event is. An event isn’t anything, it isn’t a person. No events occur. Because these are in the past. They don’t exist. Conversely as there is no commentary external to the events, the children on the playing field can commune with each other. It is entirely from the inside out. There was when writing the work something else occurring besides what’s going on in the segments. But the events do not represent that. A segment in the poem is the actual act or event itself — occurring long after it occurred; or acts put into it which occurred more recently.

And it appearing he hadn’t wanted the parking place. (His being old not mattering because it’s crowded — which is transparent, regardless of there being the one parking place — so it isn’t sentient) 34 A sequence She heard the sounds of a couple having intercourse and then getting up they went into the shower so that she caught a sight of them naked before hearing the water running. The parts of their bodies which had been covered by clothes were those of leopards. During puberty her own organs and skin were not like this though when she first had intercourse with a man he removed his clothes and his organ and flesh were also a leopard’s.

It’s the past — yet is repressed in terms of the situation itself, poor people who’re working, the division is by color. We’re not allowed to leave the airport on arriving — others not permitted to stop over — we’re immature in age, so it’s inverted. (Therefore receded — we get on the bus going to the city and look around, seeing people dressed shabbily). 29 A man — I was immature in age — was a stowaway so not having been active, taken from the ship we’re on in a row boat. (A sailor had fallen out of the row boat then, was embarrassed.

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