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Theatres of Memory

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Theatres of Memory: Volume 1: Past and Present in Contemporary Culture, by Raphael Samuel. Printed by Verso, 1994.

Some foxing on top page edge. Otherwise very good condition, pages clean and binding tight. 

The idea that the past is a plaything of the present, or a 'metafiction', is only now beginning to disturb the tranquillity of professional historians, but for some twenty years it has been a commonplace of epistemological criticism, and a mainspring of experimental work in literature and the arts. According to critics of the heritage industry the current obsession with the past signals not a return to tradition but the exhaustion of history's grand narratives. Nostalgia is the sign of the historically orphaned, heritage a symptom of national decay.

In this book-the first of a trilogy-Raphael Samuel takes issue with the heritage baiters. He offers an alternative genealogy of resurrectionism, relating it to the environmentalist movements of our time. He argues that we live in an expanding historical culture, one which is newly alert to the evidence of the visual, and which is reconnecting the study of landscape and townscape to that of the natural world. It is also, he argues, more democratic than earlier versions of the national past, and much more hospitable to hitherto stigmatized minorities. The volume is prefaced with a long essay on unofficial knowledge and has an Afterword on 'allegories of the real'.

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Author(s):
Samuel, Raphael
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
24 x 16.2 x 4.5 cm.
EAN-13:
9780860912095
Edition:
1994
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0860912095
ISBN-13:
9780860912095
Number of items:
1
Number of pages:
320
Publisher:
Verso Books
Title:
Theatres of Memory volume 1

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Theatres of Memory: Volume 1: Past and Present in Contemporary Culture, by Raphael Samuel. Printed by Verso, 1994.

Some foxing on top page edge. Otherwise very good condition, pages clean and binding tight. 

The idea that the past is a plaything of the present, or a 'metafiction', is only now beginning to disturb the tranquillity of professional historians, but for some twenty years it has been a commonplace of epistemological criticism, and a mainspring of experimental work in literature and the arts. According to critics of the heritage industry the current obsession with the past signals not a return to tradition but the exhaustion of history's grand narratives. Nostalgia is the sign of the historically orphaned, heritage a symptom of national decay.

In this book-the first of a trilogy-Raphael Samuel takes issue with the heritage baiters. He offers an alternative genealogy of resurrectionism, relating it to the environmentalist movements of our time. He argues that we live in an expanding historical culture, one which is newly alert to the evidence of the visual, and which is reconnecting the study of landscape and townscape to that of the natural world. It is also, he argues, more democratic than earlier versions of the national past, and much more hospitable to hitherto stigmatized minorities. The volume is prefaced with a long essay on unofficial knowledge and has an Afterword on 'allegories of the real'.

Author(s):
Samuel, Raphael
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
24 x 16.2 x 4.5 cm.
EAN-13:
9780860912095
Edition:
1994
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0860912095
ISBN-13:
9780860912095
Number of items:
1
Number of pages:
320
Publisher:
Verso Books
Title:
Theatres of Memory volume 1

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