By Geoffrey Cubitt
Lately, 'memory' has develop into a imperative, even though additionally a arguable, idea in ancient stories - a time period that denotes either a brand new and targeted box of analysis and a clean method of conceptualizing heritage as a box of inquiry extra generally.
This publication, that's aimed either at experts and at scholars, offers historians with an obtainable and stimulating advent to debates and theories approximately reminiscence, and to the diversity of methods which have been taken to the examine of it in heritage and different disciplines
Contributing in a wide-ranging method to debate on a number of the principal conceptual difficulties of reminiscence reviews, the ebook explores the relationships among the person and the collective, among reminiscence as survival and reminiscence as reconstruction, among remembering as a subjective adventure and as a social or cultural perform, and among reminiscence and heritage as modes of retrospective knowledge.
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Le Goff, History and Memory (New York and Oxford, 1992), p. 53. S. Foot, ‘Remembering, forgetting and inventing: attitudes to the past in England at the end of the first Viking age’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society 6th series 9 (1999), pp. 187–8. For general introductions to the ideas of social or collective memory, see J. Fentress and C. Wickham, Social Memory (Oxford, 1992); I. IrwinZarecka, Frames of Remembrance: the Dynamics of Collective Memory (New Brunswick, NJ, 1994); B. Misztal, Theories of Social Remembering (Maidenhead, 2003).
L. Gonzalez, ‘Social processes and collective memory: a cross-cultural approach to remembering political events’, in J. Pennebaker, D. Paez, B. Rimé (eds), Collective Memory of Political Events: Social Psychological Perspectives (Mahwah, NJ, 1997), p. 147. M. Bal, ‘Introduction’, in M. Bal, J. Crewe and L. Spitzer (eds), Acts of Memory: Cultural Recall in the Present (Hanover, NH, 1999), p. vii. INTRODUCTION 1111 2 3 4 5111 6 7 8 9 10111 11 1112 3111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 25 31 M-R.
The opening pages of Nora’s article abound in exuberant formulations of this central idea. ‘What was left of experience, still lived in the warmth of tradition, in the silence of custom, in the repetition of the ancestral, has been swept away by a surge of deeply historical sensibility’; there has been ‘an uprooting of memory’, an ‘eradication’ of it ‘by the conquering force of history’; ‘Memory is always suspect in the eyes of history, whose true mission is to demolish it, to repress it’. 28 For all the vigour with which he states these oppositions, Nora’s concern is not simply to map two opposing forms of consciousness, but to suggest the process by which what was originally a latent tension between history and memory has become an outright antagonism.