New PDF release: Collective Memory and the Historical Past

By Jeffrey Andrew Barash

There is one severe means we honor nice tragedies: by means of never forgetting. Collective remembrance is as outdated as human society itself, serving as a massive resource of social unity, but as Jeffrey Andrew Barash indicates during this ebook, it has served novel roles in a latest period in a different way characterised through discontinuity and dislocation. Drawing on fresh theoretical explorations of collective reminiscence, he elaborates a major new philosophical foundation for it, one who unveils vital boundaries to its scope with regards to the ancient past.


Crucial to Barash’s research is a glance on the radical modifications that the symbolic configurations of collective reminiscence have gone through with the increase of latest applied sciences of mass communique. He provocatively demonstrates how such applied sciences’ capability to simulate direct experience—especially through the image—actually makes extra palpable collective memory’s barriers and the opacity of the heritage, which constantly lies past the succeed in of residing reminiscence. Thwarting skepticism, notwithstanding, he ultimately appears to literature—specifically writers akin to Marcel Proust, Walter Scott, and W. G. Sebald—to discover refined nuances of temporality that may provide inconspicuous logos of a previous historic reality.


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