Recovering Memory: Irish Representations of Past and Present

41m8CZKjlZL._SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_ Author Hedda Friberg
Isbn 9781847181473
File size 2MB
Year 2007
Pages 311
Language English
File format PDF
Category Culture

Book Description:

Various ways of collecting, storing and recovering memories have been the focus of the most recent joint research project carried out by a group of Irish Studies scholars, all based in the Nordic countries and members of the Nordic Irish Studies Network (NISN). The result of the project, Recovering Memory: Irish Representations of Past and Present, is a collection of essays which examines the theme of memory in Irish literature and culture against the theoretical background of the philosophical discourse of modernity. Offering a wide range of perspectives, this volume examines a plurality of representations past and present of memory, both public and private, and the intersection between collective memory and individual in modern Ireland. Also explored is the relation between memory and identity national and private as well as questions of subjectivity and the construction of the self. Given Ireland s tragic past and its long history of colonisation, it is inevitable that various aspects of memory in terms of nationality, post-colonialism, and politics also have bearing on this study. The volume is divided into five sections, each of which examines one broadly defined aspect of memory. The introductory section focuses on memory and history, and is followed by sections on memory and autobiography, place, identity, and memory in the work of novelist John Banville. Within each section, the individual writers engage in a fruitful dialogue with each other and with the approaches of such theorists as Arendt, Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Ricoeur, and Baudrillard.

 

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