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Week 8 - Cultural Memory

Linda Shortt

In this seminar we will explore ideas of cultural memory, ranging from Jan Assmann's definitions to more recent transnational perspectives. Please note that this session will not take place at the usual time due to a timetable clash. Instead, we shall meet on Tuesday (21 November) 12.00-14.00 in H2.18.

CORE READING and seminar tasks

1. Please read the articles below and summarise the key features of cultural and communicative memory. What is multidirectional memory?

2. What are the implications of notions of archive and repertoire, and the limitations?

3. What are the implications of the idea of "global memories"?

4. How does Europe use memory? What are the implications of this?


Confino Collective Memory and Cultural History



Taylor Archive and Repertoire

Rothberg Multidirectional Memory

Ann Rigney

Further Reading:

Ahmed, Sara: The Cultural Politics of Emotion. Edinburgh UP, 2004.

Jan Assmann, Cultural Memory

Assmann, Aleida: Cultural Memory and Western Civilization: Functions, Media, Archives. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2011.

Assmann, Aleida and Sebastian Conrad (eds), Memory in a Global Age. Discourses, Practices and Trajectories. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Assmann, Jan: Cultural Memory and Early Civilization: Writing, Remembrance, and Political Imagination. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2011.

Boyer, Pascal and James E Wertsch (eds), Memory in Mind and Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2009.

Errl, Astrid (ed.): A Companion to Cultural Memory Studies. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2010.

Erll, Astrid: Memory in Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2011.

Erll, Astrid and Ann Rigney (eds), Mediation, Remediation, and the Dynamics of Cultural Memory. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2012.

Fuchs, Anne: After the Dresden Bombing. Pathways of Memory, 1945 to the Present. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Fuchs, Anne; Mary Cosgrove and Georg Grote (eds): German Memory Contests. The Quest for Identity in Literature, Film and Discourse since 1990. Rochester: Camden House, 2006, 2nd ed. 2010.

Halbwachs, Maurice: On Collective Memory. Trans. L. Coser. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992.

Neiger, Motti; Myers, Oren and Eyal Zandberg (eds), On Media Memory. Collective Memory in a New Media Age. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Ribeiro de Menezes, Alison: Embodying Memory in Contemporary Spain. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Rothberg, Michael: Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization. Stanford, CA.: Stanford University Press, 2009.

Young, James E., The Texture of Memory. Holocaust Memorials and Meaning. New Haven and London: Yale UP, 1993.