History and art: some speculations of T. E. Hulme

I present here a brief reassessment of T. E. Hulme’s essays and notes posthumously published as Speculations (1924), with particular regard to ongoing discussion of the relationship between history and art. I argue that, despite comparative neglect through the twentieth century, Hulme’s treatment of that relationship may be of continuing interest to theorists – especially inasmuch as it is concerned with such matters as history’s role in investigating presuppositions and (in tandem with other forms of art) challenging accepted definitions of ‘reality’.