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Collective Memory and the Historical Past (Hardback)
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Collective Memory and the Historical Past (Hardback)

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Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 29/11/2016
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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.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226399157
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


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Collective Memory and the Historical Past is a must-read for scholars of the past, no matter their approach. In this comprehensive and lucid study, Barash tackles the most vexing questions that have plagued the fields of history and memory studies alike. Barash s work is vibrant and thought-provoking, and it inspires the reader to contemplate the ways that collective memory and the historical past overlap, interweave, and yet must be seen as separate and distinctly defined categories. In so doing, Barash develops an original theoretical approach to the phenomenon of collective memory that defines it precisely but also delimits the scope of the concept in relation to the historical past. It is a major accomplishment and the first intervention of its kind. --Ethan Kleinberg, author of Generation Existential"
"Collective Memory and the Historical Past is a must-read for scholars of the past, no matter their approach. In this comprehensive and lucid study, Barash tackles the most vexing questions that have plagued the fields of history and memory studies alike. Barash's work is vibrant and thought-provoking, and it inspires the reader to contemplate the ways that 'collective memory' and the 'historical past' overlap, interweave, and yet must be seen as separate and distinctly defined categories. In so doing, Barash develops an original theoretical approach to the phenomenon of collective memory that defines it precisely but also delimits the scope of the concept in relation to the historical past. It is a major accomplishment and the first intervention of its kind."--Ethan Kleinberg, author of Generation Existential

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