Memory in Culture

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Palgrave Macmillan, Sep 28, 2011 - Philosophy - 224 pages
This is an introduction to one of the most exciting new interdisciplinary fields of research: cultural memory studies. Who was Maurice Halbwachs, and what are the 'social frameworks of memory'? What can Aby Warburg's work tell us about the 'memory of art'? How do Pierre Nora's lieux de mémoire connect history and memory? Where does the ancient art of memory meet the neurosciences? How do media shape our most personal memories? And can remembrance become globalized? Memory in Culture addresses these and many other questions about the socio-cultural dimensions of remembering, offering a unique overview of the history and theory of memory studies. With the concise presentation of key concepts from history, sociology, political sciences, anthropology, psychology, literary, art and media studies, it documents current international and interdisciplinary memory research in an unprecedented way.
 

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Contents

Introduction Why Memory?
1
The Invention of Cultural Memory A Short History of Memory Studies
13
The Disciplines of Memory Studies
38
Memory and Culture A Semiotic Model
95
Media and Memory
113
Literature as a Medium of Cultural Memory
144
Afterword Whither Memory Studies?
172
References
176
Index
203
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ASTRID ERLL is Professor of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She has published on memories of the First World War and on fiction, cinema, media culture, transculturality and narratology. With A. Nuenning she is general editor of the series Media and Cultural Memory.

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