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Literatures of memory : history, time and space in postwar writing

Author: Peter Middleton; Tim Woods
Publisher: Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An original account of the construction of the past in comtemporary literature, showing how its transgressive representations of time and space articulate new forms of social experience. Offers  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Middleton; Tim Woods
ISBN: 0719059496 9780719059490 071905950X 9780719059506
OCLC Number: 912182046
Description: VIII, 323 p. ; 25 cm
Contents: Part 1: postmodernism and the death of the past - history and postmodernity, everyday practices of history, fear of the past; the ethics of historical fiction - postmodernism and historical fiction, postmodern history and ethics; memory's realism -metamemory in Pat Barker's "Regeneration", identity and trauma, social memory; practising spacetime - the relativistic physics of memory - Margaret Atwood's "Cat's Eye", science and social time, making time for diversity, the spatialization of history. Part 2: staged histories - radical theatre in Britain and America, 1968-1988 - staging history, "Hammering on the Pipes of the Tenement" -David Hare and Howard Brenton, agitprop versus realist history -John McGrath, herstories - Caryl Churchill and Timberlake Wertenbaker, African-American theatre - August Wilson; poetry as memory - the autobiographical lyric in contemporary British and American poetry - Sarah Maguire - "Spilt Milk", Robert Creeley -"I Keep to Myself Such Measures", Jorie Graham - "What the End is For", Lyn Hejinian - "Yet We Insist that Life is Full of Happy Chance", from "My Life"; histories of the future - American science fiction after the Second World War - the future's relation to the present, governing the future - Isaac Asimov's "Foundation Trilogy"; fictional cities and urban spaces - contemporary fiction and representations of the city - architects of theoretical and social space, Thomas Pynchon's urban imaginary in "The Crying of Lot 49", Paul Auster's "The New York Trilogy", simulation city.
Responsibility: Peter Middleton and Tim Woods.

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