Waste-Site Stories: The Recycling of Memory

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Ours is a wasteful society, consumed with care for its remains, according to the contributors of Waste-Site Stories. Here scholars from around the world probe current notions of waste and the ways in which remains of different kinds recover value in the act of recollection and recycling. In the wake of destructive experiences that continue to trouble memory, there is something compelling about today's theoretical and artistic interest in waste and recycling. The two terms provide a purchase on changing conditions of cultural memory, on technological development and its sometimes toxic ecological and social fallout, and on the legacy of personal and historical trauma. They suggest new resources for the stories of our engagement with the things of the past and the sites where traces of history survive.

Author Biography: Brian Neville is an independent translator and editor. He is coeditor, with Johanne Villeneuve, of La Mémoire des déchets: Essais sur la culture et la valeur du passé. Johanne Villeneuve is Professor in the Département d'études littéraires at the Université du Québec à Montréal, where she teaches literature and film studies.

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The 14 essays are not modern versions of stories about ghosts, cursed landscapes, or supernatural retribution for wrongs to the environment. Rather, scholars of literature, art history, and related humanities explore semiologies and epistemologies that subtend modern notions of waste, of memory, and of recycling. A major concern is how modern and/or postmodern subjectivities contend with the global circulation of persons and cultural commodities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791453414
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Neville is an independent translator and editor. He is coeditor, with Johanne Villeneuve, of La Mémoire des déchets: Essais sur la culture et la valeur du passé.

Johanne Villeneuve is Professor in the Département d'études littéraires at the Université du Québec à Montréal, where she teaches literature and film studies.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: In Lieu of Waste 1
1 Objects from the Past 29
2 Waste into Heritage: Remarks on Materials in the Arts, on Memories and the Museum 39
3 Art and Archive: The Dissimulation Museum 55
4 Beyond the Archive 71
5 The Acculturation of Waste 85
6 Agencies of Cultural Feedback: The Infrastructure of Memory 107
7 Being Authentic: The Ambition to Recycle 121
8 Mould, Rubble, and the Validation of the Fragment in the Discourse of the Past 133
9 Parthenon, Nashville: From the Site of History to the Sight of Memory 143
10 Taking Lanterns for Bladders: Symbolic and Material Appropriation in the Postmodern 153
11 History's Mortal Remains 165
12 Photo-Resemblance 177
13 Utopian Legacies: Memory, Mediation, Cinema 193
14 [superscript s]crypt: Memory Building 213
Contributors 245
Index 249
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