Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies

Representations of Forgetting in Life Writing and Fiction

Authors: Gudmundsdottir, Gunnthorunn

  • Only study to foreground the role of forgetting in life writing 
  • Unusually broad scope in choice of texts linking different countries and genres 
  • Theoretical framework from both memory studies and life writing leads to an innovative reading of texts 
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This book primarily focuses on the concept of forgetting, with particular emphasis on how we can trace the forgotten in contemporary life writing and memory texts. It consists of two main parts: the first concentrates on life writing in particular and what the author calls “scenes of forgetting”; the second examines both fiction and autobiographies that deal with questions of collective memory/forgetting. The book’s principal aim is to map methods and strategies writers employ when writing the forgotten – it argues that forgetting is a constant companion in any memory text and plays a decisive role in the memory work performed in the texts. The main theoretical objective is to examine carefully the connection between collective memory and personal memory, by drawing from two disciplines at once: memory studies and theories on life writing. By considering both areas of research, the conclusions of this study are able to feed into both theoretical perspectives. 

About the authors

Gunnthorunn Gudmundsdottir is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Iceland and holds a PhD from the University of London, UK. Her research interests include life writing, memory studies, photography and writers’ autobiographies. Among her publications on life writing is the book Borderlines: Autobiography and Fiction in Postmodern Life Writing. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: Writing the Forgotten

    Gudmundsdottir, Gunnthorunn

    Pages 1-22

  • Forewords and Forgettings: Introductions and Preambles in Autobiography

    Gudmundsdottir, Gunnthorunn

    Pages 25-46

  • Forgetting and the Writing Moment: Corrections and Family Archives

    Gudmundsdottir, Gunnthorunn

    Pages 47-68

  • Forgetting Online: Self-representation on Social Network Sites

    Gudmundsdottir, Gunnthorunn

    Pages 69-87

  • Excavating a Troubled Past: Spanish Memory Texts

    Gudmundsdottir, Gunnthorunn

    Pages 91-112

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eBook £52.99
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Hardcover £72.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-59863-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Representations of Forgetting in Life Writing and Fiction
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59864-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59864-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59863-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 188
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