Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies

Representations of Forgetting in Life Writing and Fiction

Authors: Gudmundsdottir, Gunnthorunn

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  • 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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About this book

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. 

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“It is theoretically sophisticated, invoking most important thinkers on the complications of forgetting. It is a useful book for anyone researching this topic. It introduces readers to texts with national but not international prominence, including works from Iceland, Norway, and Spain. … Nevertheless, this is a big book on forgetting, and it will draw the attention of anyone doing work in the field.” (Ellen G. Friedman, Biography, Vol. 41 (2), 2018)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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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
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95591-6
Series ISSN
2634-6257
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 188
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