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Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies

Forensic Memory

Literature after Testimony

Authors: Bøndergaard, Johanne

  • Describes and analyses a particular literary mode that challenges the aesthetics of testimony by approaching the past through detection, analysis, and ‘archaeological’ digging
  • Explores how ‘forensic’ literary engagement with the past challenges a forensic paradigm that aims to eliminate the problems related to human testimony through scientific objectivity
  • Responds to the observation that certain contemporary literary works that resemble historiographic metafiction are different from that genre in the sense that they engage sincerely with historical events 
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About this book

This book describes and analyses a particular literary mode that challenges the aesthetics of testimony by approaching the past through detection, analysis, and ‘archaeological’ digging. How does forensic literature narrate the past in terms of plot, language, narration, and use of visual media? This volume examines how forensic literature provides an important corrective to the forensic paradigm and a means of exploring the relationship between visual and material evidence and various forms of testimony. This literary engagement with the past is investigated in order to challenge a forensic paradigm that aims to eliminate the problems related to human testimony through scientific objectivity, resulting in a fresh and original text in which Bøndergaard argues literature’s potential to explore the mechanisms of representation, interpretation, and narration.

About the authors

Johanne Helbo Bøndergaard completed her Ph.D at Aarhus University in 2015. Her research areas include cultural memory studies, narratology and comparative literature. 

Reviews

 
“Bøndergaard’s work breaks new ground by drawing attention to the emergence of ‘forensic memory’ in literature after testimony.  The study astutely  tackles the complex interplay between materiality, law, science and subjectivity in ways that are illuminating and original.” (Anna Reading, Kings College, University of London, UK)

“Forensic Memory is a major contribution to the field of literary memory studies. It offers a compelling new way of understanding memory literature beyond the aesthetics of testimony. Bøndergaard discusses the recent forensic turn in cultural memory and draws our attention to the ‘forensic mode’ in literature: works that approach the past through detection, analysis, and archaeology. She shows how, at the same time, such literature can uncover the paradoxes inherent in forensics. Forensic Memory is a fascinating read, a timely and very welcome broadening of our perspective on memory and literature – recommended to anyone interested in recent developments in memory culture and memory studies.” (Astrid Erll, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany)

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eBook 74,96 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-51766-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover 93,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-51765-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Forensic Memory
Book Subtitle
Literature after Testimony
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-51766-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-51766-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-51765-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 242
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