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Twilight Memories : Marking Time in a Culture of Amnesia - Andreas Huyssen

Twilight Memories

Marking Time in a Culture of Amnesia

Hardcover Published: 14th February 1995
ISBN: 9780415909341
Number Of Pages: 302
For Ages: 1 - 17 years old

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As we are approaching our fin de sielce, issues of time and memory haunt contemporary culture. Musuems and memorials are being constructed rapidly, as if there were no tomorrow. Contemporary art and literature focuses on memory and the past, rather than claiming radical breakthroughs into some unknown future. With the recent resurgence of nationalism and issues of national identity, the political future, too, seems to fold itself back into the past rather than offering a bold vision of the 21st century. The great paradox of our fin de siecle culture is that novelity is even more associated with memory and the past rather than future expectation.
But if the obsession with memory is one salient symptom in this age of a modernity grown old, then cultural and political amnesia is undoubtedly its counterpoint. Rather than blaming amnesia on television or the school, "Twilight Memories" argues that the danger of amnesia is inherent in the information revolution. Our obsessions with cultural memory can be read as re-representing a powerful reaction against the electronic archive and they mark a shift in the way we live structures of temporality. In this book, the media are the hidden veil through which the author looks at the problem of cultural memory and an emerging new sensibility of temporality in literature, art, politics, media theory and the museum.

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"Though my shelves sag beneath the weight of excellent new books on what I have come to think of as "collected memory," one title that especially stands out is "Twilight Memories: Marking Time in a Culture of Amnesia by Andreas Huyssen...It offers lucid reevaluations of how public memory has been forged in postmodern European culture by examining the way writers...artists...and movements...negotiate history and memory in their works." -James Young, University of Massachusetts

Introduction: Time and Cultural Memory at Our Fin de Sieclep. 1
Time and Memory
Escape from Amnesia: The Museum as Mass Mediump. 13
After the Wall: The Failure of German Intellectualsp. 37
Nation, Race, and Immigration: German Identities after Unificationp. 67
Memories of Utopiap. 85
Media and Culture
Paris/Childhood: The Fragmented Body in Rilke's Notebooks of Malte Laurids Briggep. 105
Fortifying the Heart - Totally: Ernst Junger's Armored Textsp. 127
Alexander Kluge: An Analytic Storyteller in the Course of Timep. 145
Postenlightened Cynicism: Diogenies as Postmodern Intellectualp. 157
In the Shadow of McLuhan: Baudrillard's Theory of Simulationp. 175
Back to the Future: Fluxus in Contextp. 191
Anselm Kiefer: The Terror of History, the Temptation of Mythp. 209
Monuments and Holocaust Memory in a Media Agep. 249
Notesp. 261
Indexp. 279
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ISBN: 9780415909341
ISBN-10: 0415909341
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 1 - 17 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 14th February 1995
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 18.42  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.73
Edition Number: 1

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