The Memory of the Modern / Edition 1

The Memory of the Modern / Edition 1

by Matt K. Matsuda
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195093658

ISBN-13: 9780195093650

Pub. Date: 05/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Memory has a history. The Classical world ordered and valued events differently than the Medieval world; which, in turn, was replaced by "the memory" of the Renaissance. Matt Matsuda's compelling, multidisciplinary argument in The Memory of the Modern is that the understanding, value, and uses of memory changed yet again at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning…  See more details below

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Memory has a history. The Classical world ordered and valued events differently than the Medieval world; which, in turn, was replaced by "the memory" of the Renaissance. Matt Matsuda's compelling, multidisciplinary argument in The Memory of the Modern is that the understanding, value, and uses of memory changed yet again at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries, becoming distinctively "modern." Matsuda proves his argument by visiting a remarkable array of "memory-sites": the destruction of a monument to Napoleon during the 1871 Paris Commune; the frantic selling of futures on the Paris stock-exchange; the state's forensic search for a vagabond rapist and murderer; a child's perjured testimony on the witness stand; a scientist's dissecting of the human brain; the invention of cameras and the cinema. Each chapter studies a distinct moment when new representations of the past were forged, contested, and put to cultural and ideological use. And all these diverse events cohere as Matsuda repeatedly shows which "memories" were celebrated and which forgotten, which traditions invented and appropriated and which discarded. More importantly, he explains why, and in doing so answers the broader question, Who controls what is remembered and who is believed?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195093650
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 6.13(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Histories: The Philosophy of Today3
1Monuments: Idols of the Emperor19
2Numbers: The Temple of Time41
3Words: The Grammar of History61
4Bodies: The Third Convolution79
5Testimonies: Deserving of Faith101
6Identities: Doctor, Judge, Vagabond121
7Distances: In the Revolutionary Garden143
8Spectacles: Machineries of Magic165
9Desires: Last Tango at the Academie185
Afterword: Memories: The History of the Present205
Notes209
Index243

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