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Cultural Memory and Western Civilization

Cultural Memory and Western Civilization

Functions, Media, Archives

by Aleida Assmann
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Publication Date: 14/11/2011
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Cultures invest great efforts into creating a long-term memory on the basis of oral transmission, media technology and institutional frameworks. This book provides an introduction to the concept of cultural memory, focusing on the 'arts' of its construction, particularly various media such as writing, images, bodily practices, places and monuments. Examining the period from the European Renaissance to the present, Aleida Assmann reveals the close association between cultural memory and the arts, arguing that the artists who have supplemented, criticized, transformed and opposed it are its most lucid theorists and acute observers. Her analysis also addresses the interaction of cultural memory with individual memory and the ways in which cultural memory supports or subverts social and political identity constructions. Ultimately, this book offers a comprehensive overview of the history, forms and functions of cultural memory, which has become a central analytical tool for scholars across disciplines.
ISBN:
9780521764377
9780521764377
Category:
Cultural studies
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
14-11-2011
Language:
English
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
422
Dimensions (mm):
235x158x27mm
Weight:
0.69kg

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