Hayden White

Hayden White
Born (1928-07-12) July 12, 1928 (age 89)
Martin, Tennessee [1]
Academic background
Alma mater University of Michigan
Influences Aristotle, Max Weber, Jean-Paul Sartre, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Roland Barthes, William J. Bossenbrook, [2] Erich Auerbach, Northrop Frye
Academic work
Main interests Theory of history
Notable works Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe
Influenced Sharon Traweek, disambiguation needed]

Hayden White (born July 12, 1928) is a historian in the tradition of literary criticism, perhaps most famous for his work Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe (1973/2014). He claims that the manifest historical text is marked by strategies of explanation, which include explanation by argument, explanation by emplotment, and explanation by ideological implication. [3] He has argued that historical writing is influenced by literary writing in many ways, sharing the strong reliance on narrative for meaning, therefore eliminating the possibility of objective or truly scientific history. [4] White has also argued, however, that history is most successful when it uses this "narrativity", since it is what allows history to be meaningful. [5] He is currently a professor emeritus of the University of California, Santa Cruz, having retired recently from the job of Professor of comparative literature at Stanford University.


White received his B.A. from Wayne State University during 1951 and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan (1952 and 1955, respectively). While an undergraduate at Wayne State, White studied history under William J. Bossenbrook alongside then-classmate Arthur Danto. [2]

During 1998, White directed a seminar ("The Theory of the Text") at the School of Criticism and Theory. [6]

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