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Collective memory and the historical past

Author: Jeffrey Andrew Barash
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2020. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
Summary:
There is one critical way we honor great tragedies: by never forgetting. Collective remembrance is as old as human society itself, serving as an important source of social cohesion, yet as Jeffrey Andrew Barash shows in this book, it has served novel roles in a modern era otherwise characterized by discontinuity and dislocation. Drawing on recent theoretical explorations of collective memory, he elaborates an  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Andrew Barash
ISBN: 9780226399157 022639915X 9780226758466 022675846X
OCLC Number: 1319728515
Description: x, 268 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction. The sources of memory --
Symbolic embodiment, imagination, and the "place" of collective memory. Is collective memory a figment of the imagination? The scope of memory in the public sphere --
Analyzing collective memory --
Thresholds of personal identity and public experience --
Excursus. Critical reflections: the contemporary theories of Ricœur, Edelman, and Nora --
Time, collective memory, and the historical past. Temporal articulations --
Virtual experience, the mass media, and the configuration of the public sphere --
The contextualized past: collective memory and historical understanding --
Conclusion. The province of collective memory and its theoretical promise.
Responsibility: Jeffrey Andrew Barash.

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There is one critical way we honor great tragedies: by never forgetting. Collective remembrance is as old as human society itself, serving as an important source of social cohesion, yet as Jeffrey Andrew Barash shows in this book, it has served novel roles in a modern era otherwise characterized by discontinuity and dislocation. Drawing on recent theoretical explorations of collective memory, he elaborates an important new philosophical basis for it, one that unveils important limitations to its scope in relation to the historical past. Crucial to Barash's analysis is a look at the radical transformations that the symbolic configurations of collective memory have undergone with the rise of new technologies of mass communication. He provocatively demonstrates how such technologies' capacity to simulate direct experience especially via the image actually makes more palpable collective memory's limitations and the opacity of the historical past, which always lies beyond the reach of living memory. Thwarting skepticism, however, he eventually looks to literature specifically writers such as Marcel Proust, Walter Scott, and W.G. Sebald to uncover subtle nuances of temporality that might offer inconspicuous emblems of a past historical reality.

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