Nancy Partner

Biography and/or project

I work in the areas of epistemology and interpretation, with emphasis on narrative theory, in relation to the production of historical knowledge: this includes all aspects of nonfiction narrative and truth-claim writing. In my first field of medieval history, I work on applications of narrative theory to medieval historical texts, and I am also interested in the historical applications of psychoanalytic theory to medieval texts.
In a modern context, I am currently working on the uses of narrative theory in understanding nationalist conflict, national identity construction, and the question of Europe as the thematic center of a longue durée narrative.