Acts of Memory: Cultural Recall in the Present

Acts of Memory Cultural Recall in the Present Acts of Memory presents 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 activi

  • Title: Acts of Memory: Cultural Recall in the Present
  • Author: Mieke Bal
  • ISBN: 9780874518894
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 rangActs 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 BalNTRIBUTORS Carol B Bardenstein, Susan J Brison, Ann Burlein, Katharine Conley, Lessie Jo Frazier, Gerd Gemunden, Marianne Hirsch, Andreas Huyssen, Irene Kacandes, Mary Kelley, Marita Sturken, Ernst van Alphen, and the editors

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    1. A contemporary collection of essays on the challenges of cultural collectivity through memory, especially in contested historical moments of competing narrativizing, especially at the level of the nation-state; essays on collective memory regarding the Holocaust, Israel/Palestine, and South American dictatorships (Chile) are especially well-done.

    2. great anthology with many big names in memory and culture studies. the geographical, historical, and artistic reach of the collection makes for engaging reading.

    3. Nice and wide variety of essays that manage to convey what cultural recall is about.Unfortunately, some essays don't include any list of sources and, naturally, some essays are slightly more interesting and better written than others in the collection, but that is a minor issue.Works as an introduction to the field and for me it managed to spark further interest to cultural recall in general.

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