Memory and Political Change

Paperback | December 15, 2011

EditorAleida Assmann, Linda Shortt

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While political systems may change comparatively quickly, the social and cultural processes of adaptation and transformation take considerably longer. This volume explores memory as both a medium of and an impediment to change, offering an inroad into the problems, mechanisms and patterns involved in the complex processes that accompany the transition from authoritarian to democratic structures. Written by authors from different cultural and disciplinary backgrounds, the essays chart the terrain and supply well-documented case studies to extend knowledge on the relationship between social and political memory and the transition process.

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While political systems may change comparatively quickly, the social and cultural processes of adaptation and transformation take considerably longer. This volume explores memory as both a medium of and an impediment to change, offering an inroad into the problems, mechanisms and patterns involved in the complex processes that accompan...

ALEIDA ASSMANN is Professor of English Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Konstanz, Germany. She has been Guest Professor at Rice, Princeton, Yale, Chicago and Vienna. She is co-editor of Memory in a Global Age (with Sebastian Conrad, 2010)but the majority of herpublications up until now have been in German, and inclu...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.12 × 5.62 × 0.57 inPublished:December 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230302009

ISBN - 13:9780230302006

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Table of Contents

Notes on the Contributors
Acknowledgements
Foreword: Remembrance as a Human Right; J.Winter
Introduction; A.Assmann & L.Shortt
PART I: TRANSGENERATIONAL TRANSMISSION
Replacement Children: The Transgenerational Transmission of Traumatic Loss; G.Schwab
The Emotional Legacy of the Nazi Past in Post-War Germany; G.Brockhaus
PART II: INSTRUMENTS OF CHANGE
To Remember or to Forget: Which Way out of a Shared History of Violence? A.Assmann
Between Pragmatism, Coercion and Fear: Chosen Amnesia after the Rwandan Genocide; S.Buckley-Zistel
From Domestic to International Instruments for Dealing with a Violent Past: Causes, Concomitants and Consequences for Democratic Transitions; B.Weiffen
PART III: RE-IMAGINING THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE
Re-Imagining East Germany in the Berlin Republic: Jana Hensel, GDR Memory and the Transitional Generation; L.Shortt
South African Transition in the Literary Imagination: Nadine Gordimer, J.M. Coetzee, Malika Lueen Ndlovu; M.Reif-Huelser
'That's not a story I could tell.' Commemorating the Other Side of the Colonial Frontier in Australian Literature of Reconciliation; A.Schwarz
PART IV: RESISTANCE TO CHANGE
Deep Memory and Narrative Templates: Conservative Forces in Collective Memory; J.V.Wertsch
The 'Myth' of the Self: The Georgian National Narrative and Quest for 'Georgianness'; N.Batiashvili
Memory across Cultures; A.H.Gutchess & M.Siegel
Index