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The “Dark Side” of History: Saramago, Foucault, and Synchronic History

  • Maria Pina Fersini
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Abstract

This chapter analyzes the peculiar concept of history emerging from the joint reading of Saramago’s Baltasar and Blimunda and Foucault’s “The Life of Infamous Men.” Its aim is to show how both texts lay the foundations for the transition from a diachronic historiography, intended as an external succession of events, to a synchronic one, solicitous in reconstructing a historical period in the complexity of the internal relationships composing it—including the one between the observer and the object of his observation. This new perspective will allow us to see how stories, which deserve to be told, are silenced by official history.

Keywords

José Saramago Michel Foucault Philosophy of history Synchronic historiography 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Pina Fersini
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  1. 1.Universidad de MálagaMálagaSpain

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