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History in images / history in words : reflections on the possibility of really putting history on film (or what a historian begins to think about when people start turning his books into movies)

Rosenstone, Robert A. (1986) History in images / history in words : reflections on the possibility of really putting history on film (or what a historian begins to think about when people start turning his books into movies). Humanities Working Paper, 121. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20111028-093618018

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Abstract

This was supposed to be easy. A chance to bring together all my thoughts on film and history. To make my inchoate notions coherent. To force myself to see what it is I have been thinking. But it has not been easy--more like attempting to pick up water and hold it in your hand. The ideas will not cohere. They change between the thinking and the writing of them. They slip away. They refuse to blend into a whole. Is it me? Is it the subject? I won't even bother with that one. The point is to say only what I can. Which means refusing to make artificial sense of ideas that will not make sense. Which means refusing to bridge the gaps in my knowledge. Which means refusing to make connections where connections do not yet (in my mind) exist. Which means abandoning the idea of an essay and doing no more than sharing some of my reflections and the ideas I have wrestled with during the months I have been attempting to write this piece. Which means there will be no linear development, no attempt at closure, no final answers to the questions posed by the elusive problem of can we represent history on film.


Item Type:Report or Paper (Working Paper)
Additional Information:This paper will be presented to the OAH in Philadelphia on April 5, 1987.
Group:Humanities Working Papers
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20111028-093618018
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Official Citation:Rosenstone, Robert A. Reflections on the possibility of really putting history on film. Pasadena, CA: California Institute of Technology, 1986. Humanities Working Paper, No. 120.
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Deposited By: Lindsay Cleary
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