By Edric Caldicott, Anne Fuchs, C E J Caldicott

Twenty-two essays from lecturers operating basically in eire research the development of cultural reminiscence in examples of eu discourse from the seventeenth century to the current. the amount is based round 5 major subject matters: reminiscence as counter-history; narrative and remembering; finding reminiscence; remembering and renewal; and remembering as trauma.

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The reverberations of Shoah memories in family life are one of the concerns of Carmel Finnan’s chapter on the autobiographies by four women writers of Jewish origin, namely Cordelia Edvardson, Ruth Klüger, Laura Waco and Helene Janeczek. Addressing the complexity of German-Jewish relations since the Shoah, the four writers occupy a ‘nomadic position’ in Deleuze and Guattari’s sense that allows them to negotiate a fragmented sense of identity with reference to normative notions of Jewish identity on the one hand and the severed ties to their sites of origin on the other.

5. ‘Port-Royal et l’autobiographie’, p. 235 in Cahiers de l’Association Internationale des Études Françaises, No. 49, Paris, May 1997, 223–42. Even at the early stages of communal remembering, quite a few nuns were involved in the process of gathering information. 18 The discourse of memory developed from 1661 onwards was fundamentally different in character to that of the 1650s in that what became pivotal at this stage was a reiteration of the collective nature of the process of remembering. Narratives no longer revolved exclusively around a single dominant figure, but now also emphasized shared participation in a common experience.

How do the demands of the elusive reality of memory, collective or individual, isolate us from each other, and how do they find expression? These are questions which sometimes find answers and constantly provoke new insights, offering ‘moments of reprieve’ and artistic innovation in the shared narrative of memory. If Primo Levi’s If this is a Man is a powerful reminder of the responsibility to remember, the contributions to this book will have shown that memory also serves as an instrument for celebration, play, and renewal.

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