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This handbook represents the interdisciplinary and international field of "cultural memory studies” for the first time in one volume. Articles by renowned international scholars offer readers a unique overview of the key concepts of cultural memory studies. The handbook not only documents current research in an unprecedented way; it also serves as a forum for bringing together approaches from areas as varied as sociology, political sciences, history, theology, literary studies, media studies, philosophy, ...

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A Companion to Cultural Memory Studies

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Overview

This handbook represents the interdisciplinary and international field of "cultural memory studies” for the first time in one volume. Articles by renowned international scholars offer readers a unique overview of the key concepts of cultural memory studies. The handbook not only documents current research in an unprecedented way; it also serves as a forum for bringing together approaches from areas as varied as sociology, political sciences, history, theology, literary studies, media studies, philosophy, psychology, and neurosciences.

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"All said, this handbook is highly recommended, providing as it does an illustrative overview of both the opportunities and difficulties inherent in such a multidisciplinary, internationally populated field."Daniel Mai in: KULT_online 22/2010 "Mit seiner internationalen Bilanz weist dieser Band auf jeden Fall nach, dass das kulturelle Gedächtnis eines jener "Konvergenzfelder" ist, auf dem der interdisziplinäre Austausch ebenso anregend wie weiterführend sein kann."Malte Thießen in: http://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/rezensionen/2009-1-061 "Die konzise und prägnant gehaltenen Beiträge des Handbuches spiegeln den aktuellen Forschungsstand, regen mit ihren Literaturhinweisen zur weiteren Beschäftigung und Auseinandersetzung mit Fragen der Forschung zum kulturellen Gedächtnis an. [...]Das kollektive Gedächtnis und seine Wirkungsweisen sind zu Recht ein bevorzugtes Arbeitsgebiet einer modernen Kulturwissenschaft, wie das vorliegende Handbuch trefflich zeigt."Till Kinzel in: Informationsmittel (IFB) 1-2/2008
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Astrid Erll, University of Wuppertal, Germany; Ansgar Nünning,Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen;Sara B. Young, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

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Table of Contents

Cultural Memory Studies: An Introduction Astrid Erll Erll, Astrid 1

I Sites of Memory

Loci memoriae - Lieux de memoire Pim Den Boer Boer, Pim Den 19

Italian luoghi della memoria Mario Isnenghi Isnenghi, Mario 27

Mitteleuropa as a lieu de memoire Jacques Le Rider Le Rider, Jacques 37

Sites of Memory in U.S.-American Histories and Cultures Udo J. Hebel Hebel, Udo J. 47

Sites of Memory and the Shadow of War Jay Winter Winter, Jay 61

II Memory and Cultural History

Memory and the History of Mentalities Alon Confino Confino, Alon 77

The Invention of Cultural Memory Dietrich Harth Harth, Dietrich 85

Canon and Archive Aleida Assmann Assmann, Aleida 97

Communicative and Cultural Memory Jan Assmann Assmann, Jan 109

Generation/Generationality, Generativity, and Memory Jurgen Reulecke Reulecke, Jurgen 119

Cultural Memory: A European Perspective Vita Fortunati Fortunati, Vita Elena Lamberti Lamberti, Elena 127

III Social, Political, and Philosophical Memory Studies

Maurice Halbwachs's memoire collective Jean-Christophe Marcel Marcel, Jean-Christophe Laurent Mucchielli Mucchielli, Laurent 141

From Collective Memory to the Sociology of Mnemonic Practices and Products Jeffrey K. Olick Olick, Jeffrey K. 151

Memory in Post-Authoritarian Societies Andreas Langenohl Langenohl, Andreas 163

Memory and Politics Erik Meyer Meyer, Erik 173

Social Forgetting: A Systems-Theory Approach Elena Esposito Esposito, Elena 181

Memory and Remembrance: A Constructivist Approach Siegfried J. Schmidt Schmidt, Siegfried J. 191

Memory and Forgetting in Paul Ricaeur's Theory of the Capable Self Maureen Junker-kenny Junker-kenny, Maureen 203

IV Psychological MemoryStudies

Psychology, Narrative, and Cultural Memory: Past and Present Jurgen Straub Straub, Jurgen 215

Against the Concept of Cultural Trauma Wulf Kansteiner Kansteiner, Wulf Harald Weilnbock Weilnbock, Harald 229

Experience and Memory: Imaginary Futures in the Past David Middleton Middleton, David Steven D. Brown Brown, Steven D. 241

A Cognitive Taxonomy of Collective Memories David Manier Manier, David William Hirst Hirst, William 253

Language and Memory: Social and Cognitive Processes Gerald Echterhoff Echterhoff, Gerald 263

Cultural Memory and the Neurosciences Hans J. Markowitsch Markowitsch, Hans J. 275

Communicative Memory Harald Welzer Welzer, Harald 285

V Literature and Cultural Memory

Mnemonic and Intertextual Aspects of Literature Renate Lachmann Lachmann, Renate 301

Cultural Memory and the Literary Canon Herbert Grabes Grabes, Herbert 311

Life-Writing, Cultural Memory, and Literary Studies Max Saunders Saunders, Max 321

The Literary Representation of Memory Birgit Neumann Neumann, Birgit 333

The Dynamics of Remembrance: Texts Between Monumentality and Morphing Ann Rigney Rigney, Ann 345

VI Media and Cultural Memory

The Texture of Memory: Holocaust Memorials in History James E. Young Young, James E. 357

The Photograph as Externalization and Trace Jens Ruchatz Ruchatz, Jens 367

Journalism's Memory Work Barbie Zelizer Zelizer, Barbie 379

Literature, Film, and the Mediality of Cultural Memory Astrid Erll Erll, Astrid 389

Memory and Media Cultures Martin Zierold Zierold, Martin 399

Index of Names 409

Index of Terms 423

Notes on Contributors 427

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