Forgetting Futures

Forgetting Futures : On Meaning, Trauma and Identity

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Forgetting Futures reignites the debate about the crisis of memory and the search to understand the relationship between past and present, remembering and forgetting. In the book Petar Ramadanovic presents an elegant critique of the most significant concepts of memory, from Plato to Nietzsche, as he challenges the prevalent, Aristotelain understanding of memory as mere repeated presentation of the past in the present. Ramadanovic skillfully examines the power of traumatic memory in history. Through an analysis of Cathy Caruth and a ground breaking revisionist interpretation of Toni Morrison's Beloved he shows how the memory of the Holocaust and slavery has shaped American identity. This unique study of memory places trauma, identity, and race under the intellectual microscope resulting in a book of great use for literary and cultural studies scholars, and educated readers seeking to learn more about the relationship between history and more

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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 157.5 x 226.1 x 15.2mm | 385.56g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739102753
  • 9780739102756

About Petar Ramadanovic

Petar Ramadanovic is Assistant Professor of English at the University of New more

Table of contents

Part 1 Forgetting Chapter 2 Forgetting:Theaetetus and Phaedrus Chapter 3 From Time to Time: Nietzsche's Active Forgetting and Blanchot's Writing of the Diaster Chapter 4 The Order of Memory: Versions of the Simonides Legend Part 5 Futures Chapter 6 When to "die in freedom" is Written in English: Cathy Caruth's Unclaimed Experience Chapter 7 In the Future: Reading for Trauma in Toni Morrison's Beloved Chapter 8 The Ghost:Beloved Againshow more

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