Present pasts urban palimpsests and the politics of memory pdf
History, Memory, and Cultural DiscourseA pink marble colossus spanning four city blocks with a cavernous waiting room whose design was based on the Roman Baths of Caracalla, Penn Station was so important to the urban fabric of New York that its destruction was inconceivable even to those who knew the battle to save it could not be won. Loss-driven nostalgia of this sort is a facet of preservation writing that is seen every time a beloved building or neighborhood is under threat. Yet it is only one approach to the topic. The literature of nostalgia and preservation is surprisingly catholic. Embracing such themes as commemoration, exile, memory, gentrification, tourism, and politicization, such writing tends to be global in tone but specific to place. This is to be expected.
[PDF] Present Pasts: Urban Palimpsests and the Politics of Memory (Cultural Memory in the Present)
Paul Ricoeur, Memory, History, Forgetting , pp. Plato, Theaetetus d [ website ]. Walter Benjamin, "On the Concept of History" [ website ]. Elizabeth A. Further reading: Both articles as PDF.
Andreas Huyssen trained in Europe as a scholar of German and Romance literatures, but branched out in his academic career in the U. His research and teaching has focused on German literary history, international modernism in literature and the arts, Frankfurt School critical theory, and cultural memory politics in transnational contexts. His book On After the Great Divide is a classic in the critical s debate about postmodernism, and his Postmoderne: Zeichen eines kulturellen Wandels edited with Klaus Scherpe; was the first book in German on postmodernism. This latter work resulted from a year-long funded Mellon seminar on the current state of major cities in Latin America, South and East Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. He is currently working on a book about artists from beyond the Northern Transatlantic who combine memories of national violence, apartheid, and ethnic cleansing with memories of modernism, to create a kind of border-crossing global art of memory contributing to transnational debates about the politics of memory. His books are translated into several languages, and his most recent publication is Miniature Metropolis: Literature in an Age of Photography and Film
All rights reserved. Several of the essays in this book appeared in earlier versions: Chapter!. I woo : Chapter 2. Chapter 8.
"Present pasts: urban palimpsests and the politics of memory Huyssen, Andreas." Material Religion, 1(2), pp. –
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