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1st Edition

By Anne Whitehead


184 pages

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The concept of ‘memory’ has given rise to some of the most exciting new directions in contemporary theory. In this much-needed guide to a burgeoning field of a study, Anne Whitehead:

  • presents a history of the concept of ‘memory’ and its uses, encompassing both memory as activity and the nature of memory
  • examines debates around the term in their historical and cultural contexts
  • introduces the reader to key thinkers in the field, from ancient Greece to the present day
  • traces the links between theorisations and literary representations of memory.

Offering a clear and succinct guide to one of the most important terms in contemporary theory, this volume is essential reading for anyone entering the field of Memory Studies, or seeking to understand current developments in Cultural and Literary Studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Memory and Inscription 2. Memory and the self 3. Involuntary memories 4. Collective memory Conclusion: The Art of Forgetting? Bibliography

About the Author/Editor

Anne Whitehead is Senior Lecturer in the School of English at Newcastle University. She is the author of Trauma Fiction and has edited Theories of Memory: A Reader and W. G. Sebald: A Critical Companion.

About the Series

The New Critical Idiom

The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides designed to meet the needs of today's students grappling with the complexities of modern critical terminology. Each book in the series provides:

  • A clear, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
  • An original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
  • Helpful definitions of the boundaries between the literary and non-literary
  • Basic guidance for the introductory reader in how the term relates to the larger field of cultural representation

With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory