Acts of Memory: Cultural Recall in the Present / Edition 1

Acts of Memory: Cultural Recall in the Present / Edition 1

by Mieke Bal
     
 

ISBN-10: 087451889X

ISBN-13: 9780874518894

Pub. Date: 12/01/1998

Publisher: Dartmouth College Press

Acts of Memory presents 15 tightly integrated essays that illustrate the active role of individual and cultural memory in tying the past to the present. Memory, or memorialization, is a cultural activity occurring in the present that offers history another kind of source or document; one that provides insights into the past as it lives on today. The authors, in fields…  See more details below

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Acts of Memory presents 15 tightly integrated essays that illustrate the active role of individual and cultural memory in tying the past to the present. Memory, or memorialization, is a cultural activity occurring in the present that offers history another kind of source or document; one that provides insights into the past as it lives on today. The authors, in fields ranging from philosophy and history through literature and media studies, illustrate how memory serves many purposes, between conscious recall and unreflected re-emergence, between nostalgic longing for what is lost to polemical use of the past to reshape the present. Their essays coalesce around three topics: the need for memory and testimonial facilitation of memory, primarily in the case of historical and individual trauma; the site-specific nature of acts of memory, especially in geopolitically conflicted situations; and the potential contributions of acts of memory when facing the difficulties and needs of the present. "Neither remnant, document, nor relic of the past, nor floating in a present cut off from the past, cultural memory, for better or worse, binds the past to the present and future. It is that process of binding that we explore in this volume" writes Mieke Bal.

CONTRIBUTORS: Carol B. Bardenstein, Susan J. Brison, Ann Burlein, Katharine Conley, Lessie Jo Frazier, Gerd Gemünden, Marianne Hirsch, Andreas Huyssen, Irene Kacandes, Mary Kelley, Marita Sturken, Ernst van Alphen, and the editors

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874518894
Publisher:
Dartmouth College Press
Publication date:
12/01/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction
IHelpful Memories
Projected Memory: Holocaust Photographs in Personal and Public Fantasy3
Symptoms of Discursivity: Experience, Memory, and Trauma24
Trauma Narratives and the Remaking of the Self39
Narrative Witnessing as Memory Work: Reading Gertrud Kolmar's A Jewish Mother55
IIDispersed Memories
Recalling Adamastor: Literature as Cultural Memory in "White" South Africa75
Back Through the Future: Nostalgic Memory and Critical Memory in a Refuge from Nazism87
"Subverted Memories": Countermourning as Political Action in Chile105
Nostalgia for the Nation: Intellectuals and National Identity in Unified Germany120
The Myth of the "Dernier poeme": Robert Desnos and French Cultural Memory134
Trees, Forests, and the Shaping of Palestinian and Israeli Collective Memory148
IIIMemories for the Present
Memories in the Museum: Preposterous Histories for Today171
Monumental Seduction191
Countermemory on the Right: The Case of Focus on the Family208
Making Memory: Designs of the Present on the Past218
Narratives of Recovery: Repressed Memory as Cultural Memory231
List of Contributors249

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