Literatures of Memory: History, Time, and Space in Postwar Writing

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Manchester University Press, 2000 - History - 323 pages
This book offers an original account of the construction of the past in contemporary literature, showing how its transgressive representations of time and space articulate new forms of social experience. Ranging widely across post-war fiction, poetry, and drama, the book reassesses the influential configuration of beliefs that modern culture has lost its history, that memory is memory of trauma, and that space and time have changed under the impact of new sciences, technologies, and social formations.
 

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Contents

PART I
10
Postmodernism and the death of the past
19
The ethics of historical fiction
54
Memorys realism
81
Practising spacetime
117
radical theatre in Britain
147
the autobiographical lyric
187
American science
232
contemporary
273
INDEX
315
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Peter Middleton is Professor of English at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom, and author of Literatures of Memory: History, Time, and Space in Postwar Writing (coauthored with Tim Woods), The Inward Gaze: Masculinity and Subjectivity in Modern Culture and Aftermath (poems).

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