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Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies

Memory and Enlightenment

Cultural Afterlives of the Long Eighteenth Century

Authors: Ward, James

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  • Unique perspective: links the work of the eighteenth century to memory studies
  • Exciting approach: considers not just the eighteenth century and its texts, but the way the period is reworked and re-imagined today 
  • Wide-ranging: covers art, literature, history, modern art, fiction and films
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This book illuminates how the ‘long eighteenth century’ (1660-1800) persists in our present through screen and performance media, writing and visual art. Tracing the afterlives of the period from the 1980s to the present, it argues that these emerging and changing forms stage the period as a point of origin for the grounding of individual identity in personal memory, and as a site of foundational traumas that shape cultural memory.

About the authors

James Ward is a Lecturer in Early Modern English Literature at Ulster University, Northern Ireland, UK.

Reviews

“Why do eighteenth century history and aesthetics continue to haunt the contemporary imagination? To what purposes is this period put in the present? And how did the eighteenth century shape the very formation of modern memory itself? These are just some of the questions investigated in this accomplished and engaging study, which explores the way contemporary aesthetic forms stage the period of Enlightenment as the origin of the link between personal memory and individual identity, and as the site of foundational traumas that continue to shape cultural memory. The result is a rigorous examination of the power of this potent past to haunt present forms, and of the power of fiction to retroactively shape the past for the present.” (Kate Mitchell, Australian National University, Australia)

“James Ward’s Memory and Enlightenment is a sophisticated, fascinating study of the ways the eighteenth century continues to cast a long shadow on our arts and politics today.” (Emma Donoghue, author of Slammerkin and Life Mask, Canada)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook £47.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-96710-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £59.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-96709-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Memory and Enlightenment
Book Subtitle
Cultural Afterlives of the Long Eighteenth Century
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-96710-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-96710-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-96709-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 251
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations
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