Present Past: Modernity and the Memory Crisis

Paperback | November 2, 1993

byRichard Terdiman

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This book is about memory—about how the past persists into the present, and about how this persistence has been understood over the past two centuries. Since the French Revolution, memory has been the source of an intense disquiet. Fundamental cultural theories have sought to understand it, and have striven to represent its stresses.

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This book is about memory—about how the past persists into the present, and about how this persistence has been understood over the past two centuries. Since the French Revolution, memory has been the source of an intense disquiet. Fundamental cultural theories have sought to understand it, and have striven to represent its stresses.

Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.66 × 5.91 × 0.39 inPublished:November 2, 1993Publisher:Cornell University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0801481325

ISBN - 13:9780801481321

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"This breathtaking explication of the importance of memory in modernity sets the stage for brilliant readings that analyze a series of canonical works as symptoms of and reflections on the memory crisis. . . . Present Past is most importantly a contribution to our historical understanding of modernism and modernity."—Eugene W. Holland, Nineteenth-Century French Studies