Acts of the imagination: postmodern thought and the writing of history

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2001-01-01
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Raatikka, Holly
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The Department of English seeks to provide all university students with the skills of effective communication and critical thinking, as well as imparting knowledge of literature, creative writing, linguistics, speech and technical communication to students within and outside of the department.

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The Department of English and Speech was formed in 1939 from the merger of the Department of English and the Department of Public Speaking. In 1971 its name changed to the Department of English.

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There are several reasons why postmodernism is generally regarded as incompatible with "doing history," and by exploring them, I will be able to better address the primary goal of this thesis: to articulate one of many possible "postmodernist" methodologies for inquiring into history. Before I do that, however, it will be helpful to look at my working definition of postmodernism, especially since the term is highly overused and misunderstood. While I am not prepared to sort out the strands of postmodernism or give a definitive explanation of all the nuances of its different forms, I do wish to address the aspects of postmodernism that I believe could have important bearing on the writing of history.

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