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Collective Memory and Memorial Culture: Theories and Methodological Approaches

Core Reading

Assmann, Jan, ‘Collective Memory and Cultural Identity’, New German Critique, 65 (1995), pp. 125-133. JSTOR

Becker, Annette, ‘Memory gaps: Maurice Halbwachs, Memory and the Great War’, Journal of European Studies, 35 (2005), pp. 102-113.

Crane, Susan A., ‘Writing the Individual Back into Collective Memory’, The American Historical Review 102 (1997), pp. 1372-1385. JSTOR


Further Reading

Berliner, David, ‘The Abuses of Memory: Reflections on the Memory Boom in Anthropology’, Anthropological Quarterly 78 (2005), pp. 197-211. MUSE

Berger, Peter, and Luckmann, Thomas, The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge (Harmondsworth, 1991) [1966].

Confino, Alon, 'Collective Memory and Cultural History: Problems of Method', American Historical Review, 102 (1997), pp. 1386-1403. JSTOR

Connerton, Paul, How Societies Remember (Cambridge, 1989).

Forty, Adrian and Susanne Küchler (eds), The Art of Forgetting (Oxford, New York, 2001).

Fritzsche, Peter, ‘Review: The Case of Modern Memory’, The Journal of Modern History 72 (2001), pp. 87-117. JSTOR

Gedi, Noa, and Elam, Yigal, ‘Collective Memory – What is it?’, History and Memory, 8 (1996), pp. 30-50. JSTOR

Halbwachs, Maurice, ‘The Social Frameworks of Memory’, in Halbwachs, On Collective Memory, L.A. Coser (ed.) (Chicago, 1992) [1925].

Kenny, Michael G., ‘ A Place for Memory: The Interface between Individual and Collective History’, Comparative Studies in Society and History 41 (1999), pp. 420-437. JSTOR

Klein, Kerwin L., ‘On the Emergence of Memory in Historical Discourse’, Representations, 69 (2000), pp. 127-150. JSTOR

Middleton, D., and Edwards, D. (eds.), Collective Remembering (London, 1990).

Nora, Pierre (1989) ‘Between Memory and History: Lex Lieux de Memoire’, Representations, 26 (1989), pp. 7-24. JSTOR

Olick, Jeffrey K., ‘Collective Memory: The Two Cultures’, Sociological Theory 17 (1999), pp. 333-348. JSTOR

Ricoeur, Paul, Memory, History, Forgetting (Chicago, 2004).

Schacter, D.L. (ed.), Memory Distortion (Cambridge, Mass., 1995).

Schwartz, Barry, ‘The Social Context of Commemoration: A Study in Collective Memory’, Social Forces 61 (1982) pp. 374-402.

Zerubavel, Eviatar, Time Maps: Collective Memory and the Social Shape of the Past (Chicagto, 2003).