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Glossary of Literary Theory
by Greig E. Henderson and Christopher Brown

New historicism:

A mode of analysis that sees history as a form of writing, discourse, or language. This new historicism abandons any notion of history as an imitation of events in the world or a reflection of external reality. Instead, it regards history as a species of narrative with gaps or ruptures between epistemes -- modes of thought and ways of knowing that characterize a given historical moment.

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