Cultural Memory

Essays on European Literature and History

by Edric Caldicott (Volume editor) Anne Fuchs (Volume editor)
©2003 Conference proceedings 426 Pages


Memory and culture are terms which are now fashionable, if not over-used, but they need careful handling. This book explores their use in a variety of contexts: in European creative writing, in the spheres of national celebration, mourning, and administration of the arts, and in concepts of translation and history. The editors’ introduction maps the surrounding theoretical terrain, and each of the following twenty-two essays explores related issues within the specific brief of a local context, whether in France, Germany, Ireland, Italy or Spain, organized under five thematic lines of enquiry: Memory as Counter-History, Narrativity and Remembering, Locating Memory, Remembering and Renewal, Remembering as Trauma.
Coming into prominence after the Holocaust and the fall of European dictatorships, studies in Cultural Memory have been fuelled by the works of Walter Benjamin, Aby Warburg, the rediscovery of Maurice Halbwachs, and more recently by Pierre Nora’s notion of ‘sites of memory’. Furthermore, they have benefited from the reflections of a range of contemporary theorists in this area, including Paul Ricœur, Michel de Certeau and Jan Assman. The studies in this volume, however, go beyond the present to show how, in earlier times, the devices of memory and commemoration were exploited both for and against the state. Within the sphere of the present, the expression of memory in narrative is shown to be an essential source of inspiration for the creative writer, discovering renewal in a sense of loss.


ISBN (Softcover)
Schiller Kollektives Gedächtnis (Motiv) Literatur Geschichte Kongress Dublin (2000) Nietzsche Benjamin Voltaire Wilkormirski Jurek Becker Sebald
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., New York, Wien, 2003. 426 pp.

Biographical notes

Edric Caldicott (Volume editor) Anne Fuchs (Volume editor)

The Editors: Edric Caldicott is Professor of French, University College Dublin; he has published widely on seventeenth-century French theatre and patronage, in books, editions and in articles in Dix-septième siècle, Revue d’Histoire Littéraire de la France, Revue de Littérature Comparée and Modern Language Review. Anne Fuchs is Senior Lecturer in German at University College Dublin. She has published widely on modern German, German-Jewish and travel literature in books, editions and journals.


Title: Cultural Memory