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