Not Only for Readers: Why Scholars Need Narrative

This week, The Junto is hosting a roundtable on historians and narrative. Today, after excellent contributions from Tom Cutterham, Sara Georgini, and Jessica Parr, I offered some concluding thoughts. 

My goal was to defend narrative not simply as something historians find useful to write, but also as something that scholarly historians actually need to write--as our distinctive contribution to modern scholarship. My discussion was necessarily brief, but it provides a glimpse of ideas I've been working on for a long time. You can read my essay here.