Palimpsestic Memory

The interconnections between histories and memories of the Holocaust, colonialism and extreme violence in post-war French and Francophone fiction and film provide the central focus of this book.

Palimpsestic Memory

Palimpsestic Memory

The interconnections between histories and memories of the Holocaust, colonialism and extreme violence in post-war French and Francophone fiction and film provide the central focus of this book. It proposes a new model of 'palimpsestic memory', which the author defines as the condensation of different spatio-temporal traces, to describe these interconnections and defines the poetics and the politics of this composite form. In doing so it is argued that a poetics dependent on tropes and techniques, such as metaphor, allegory and montage, establishes connections across space and time which oblige us to perceive cultural memory not in terms of its singular attachment to a particular event or bound to specific ethno-cultural or national communities but as a dynamic process of transfer between different moments of racialized violence and between different cultural communities. The structure of the book allows for both the theoretical elaboration of this paradigm for cultural memory and individual case-studies of novels and films.

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Palimpsestic Memory
Language: en
Pages: 216
Authors: Max Silverman
Categories: Foreign Language Study
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-02-28 - Publisher: Berghahn Books

The interconnections between histories and memories of the Holocaust, colonialism and extreme violence in post-war French and Francophone fiction and film provide the central focus of this book. It proposes a new model of 'palimpsestic memory', which the author defines as the condensation of different spatio-temporal traces, to describe these
Memory and Complicity
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: Debarati Sanyal
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-03-02 - Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

Since World War II, French and Francophone literature and film have repeatedly sought not to singularize the Holocaust as the paradigm of historical trauma but rather to connect its memory with other memories of violence, namely that of colonialism. These works produced what Debarati Sanyal calls a “memory-in-complicity” attuned to
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Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-11-30 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

Absent the Archive: Cultural Traces of a Massacre in Paris, 17 October 1961 is the first cultural history devoted to literary and visual representations of the police massacre of peaceful Algerian protesters. Covered up by the state and hidden from history, the events of October 17 have nonetheless never been
Post-Migratory Cultures in Postcolonial France
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Kathryn A. Kleppinger, Laura Reeck
Categories: Children of immigrants
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-07-09 - Publisher: Francophone Postcolonial Studies

Post-Migratory Cultures in Postcolonial France offers a critical assessment of the ways in which French writers, filmmakers, musicians and other artists descended from immigrants from former colonial territories bring their specificity to bear on the bounds and applicability of French republicanism, "Frenchness" and national identity, and contemporary cultural production in
Haunting Legacies
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Pages: 256
Authors: Gabriele Schwab
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-10-19 - Publisher: Columbia University Press

From mass murder to genocide, slavery to colonial suppression, acts of atrocity have lives that extend far beyond the horrific moment. They engender trauma that echoes for generations, in the experiences of those on both sides of the act. Gabriele Schwab reads these legacies in a number of narratives, primarily

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