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Memory Unbound

Tracing the Dynamics of Memory Studies

Edited by Lucy Bond, Stef Craps, Pieter Vermeulen

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302 pages, 16 illus., 2 figures, bibliog., index

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“The volume provides a comprehensive examination of the field of memory studies, from a range of disciplines and approaches using global case studies. The dynamic compilation of essays is attentive to shifts in the field towards interdisciplinarity and provides a nuanced account of the dynamics of memory across various contexts…This volume of essays is a significant contribution to the field as it provides a critical understanding of memory across media and disciplines, and will be of interest to a wide range of scholars working in the field of memory studies.” • Memory Studies

Memory Unbound is exemplary of the research and writing of the ‘third wave’ of memory studies. It heralds a new departure in keeping with the transforming effects of new technologies of communication, and conveys the energy and excitement attending the precipitous emergence and rapid development of this new realm of scholarship.” • Patrick Hutton, University of Vermont

“This is a great book—provocative, timely, and thoughtful. It proposes a future for memory research that finds a place for new investigators to embed their ideas.” • Joanne Garde-Hansen, University of Warwick


Though still a relatively young field, memory studies has undergone significant transformations since it first coalesced as an area of inquiry. Increasingly, scholars understand memory to be a fluid, dynamic, unbound phenomenon—a process rather than a reified object. Embodying just such an elastic approach, this state-of-the-field collection systematically explores the transcultural, transgenerational, transmedial, and transdisciplinary dimensions of memory—four key dynamics that have sometimes been studied in isolation but never in such an integrated manner. Memory Unbound places leading researchers in conversation with emerging voices in the field to recast our understanding of memory’s distinctive variability.

Lucy Bond is a senior lecturer in English literature at the University of Westminster and a founder of the London Cultural Memory Consortium. She is the author of Frames of Memory after 9/11: Culture, Criticism, Politics, and Law (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and a coeditor (with Jessica Rapson) of The Transcultural Turn: Interrogating Memory between and beyond Borders (De Gruyter, 2014).

Stef Craps is an associate professor of English literature at Ghent University, where he directs the Cultural Memory Studies Initiative. He is the author of Postcolonial Witnessing: Trauma Out of Bounds (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Trauma and Ethics in the Novels of Graham Swift: No Short-Cuts to Salvation (Sussex Academic Press, 2005).

Pieter Vermeulen is an assistant professor of American and comparative literature at the University of Leuven. He is the author of Contemporary Literature and the End of the Novel: Creature, Affect, Form (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Geoffrey Hartman: Romanticism after the Holocaust (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2010).

Subject: General History General Cultural Studies


List of Illustrations

Introduction: Memory on the Move
Lucy Bond, Stef Craps, and Pieter Vermeulen

Chapter 1. Staging Shared Memory: Je Veux voir and L’Empreinte de l’ange
Max Silverman

Chapter 2. Remembering the Indonesian Killings: The Act of Killing and the Global Memory Imperative
Rosanne Kennedy

Chapter 3.Transnational Memory and the Construction of History through Mass Media
Aleida Assmann

Chapter 4. Small Acts of Repair: The Unclaimed Legacy of the Romanian Holocaust
Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer

Chapter 5. Fictions of Generational Memory: Caryl Phillips’s In the Falling Snow and Black British Writing in Times of Mnemonic Transition
Astrid Erll

Chapter 6. The Uses of Facebook for Examining Collective Memory: The Emergence of Nasser Facebook Pages in Egypt
Joyce van de Bildt

Chapter 7. Connective Memory: How Facebook Takes Charge of Your Past
José van Dijck

Chapter 8. Embodiments of Memory: Toward an Existential Approach to the Culture of Connectivity
Amanda Lagerkvist

Chapter 9. Metaphorical Memories of the Medieval Crusades after 9/11
Brian Johnsrud

Chapter 10. The Agency of Memory Objects: Tracing Memories of Soweto at Regina Mundi Church
Frauke Wiegand

Chapter 11. Cultural Memory Studies in the Epoch of the Anthropocene
Richard Crownshaw

Chapter 12. “Filled with Words”: Modeling the September 11 Digital Archive and the Utility of Digital Methods in the Study of Memory
Jessica K. Young


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