By Sharon Macdonald
Memorylands is an unique and engaging research of the character of history, reminiscence and understandings of the earlier in Europe at the present time. It appears to be like at how Europe has turn into a ’memoryland’ – suffering from fabric reminders of the prior, corresponding to museums, history websites and memorials; and at how this ‘memory phenomenon’ is said to the altering nature of identities – particularly eu, nationwide and cosmopolitan. In doing so, it offers new insights into how reminiscence and the prior are being played and reconfigured in Europe – and with what results.
Drawing particularly, although no longer completely, on instances, ideas and arguments from social and cultural anthropology, Memorylands argues for a deeper and extra nuanced realizing of the cultural assumptions excited about with regards to the prior. It theorizes some of the ways that ‘materializations’ of identification paintings and relates those to diversified varieties of id inside of Europe. The ebook additionally addresses questions of technique, together with dialogue of ancient, ethnographic, interdisciplinary and leading edge equipment. via a wide-range of case-studies from throughout Europe, Sharon Macdonald argues that Europe is domestic to a far higher variety of how of constructing the earlier current than is mostly learned – and a better variety of varieties of ‘historical consciousness’. whilst, besides the fact that, she seeks to spotlight what she calls ‘the eu reminiscence complicated’ – a repertoire of accepted styles in sorts of recollection and ‘past presencing’.
The examples in Memorylands are drawn from either the margins and metropolitan centres, from the particularly small-scale and native, the nationwide and the avant-garde. The publication seems to be at pasts which are in all probability identity-disrupting – or ‘difficult’ – in addition to those who verify identities or provide probabilities for transcending nationwide identities or articulating extra cosmopolitan futures. issues lined contain authenticity, temporalities, embodiment, commodification, nostalgia and Ostalgie, the musealization of daily and folk-life, Holocaust commemoration and tourism, narratives of warfare, the historical past of Islam, transnationalism, and the way forward for the earlier.
Memorylands is engagingly written and available to common readers in addition to supplying a brand new synthesis for complicated researchers in reminiscence and historical past experiences. it really is crucial examining for these drawn to identities, reminiscence, fabric tradition, Europe, tourism and heritage.
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