Material Selves: Bodies, Memory, and Autobiographical Narrating

Sidonie A. Smith

in Narrative and Consciousness

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780195140057
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847402 | DOI:
Material Selves: Bodies, Memory, and Autobiographical Narrating

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As historians like Frances A. Yates have been able to look into how memory may be conceptualized in the context of specific historical moments, we realize that a history can be attributed to memory, and even to the “knowledge” of memory. While Yates has been able to focus on mnemonics and how this was found to be a requisite not just for learning but also for authoritative leadership, philosopher Ian Hacking points out how mnemonics was, however, a “knowing how,” since the subject in question is not undergoing the process of remembering certain parts of his or her own history. In his work entitled Rewriting the Soul, Hacking asserts that there is a relationship between personality and memory, thus resulting to the development of the field called psychodynamics. This chapter looks into Hacking's notion of “memoro-politics” and how this is concerned with the various aspects of the material self.

Keywords: Frances Yates; history; knowledge; memory; Ian Hacking; psychodynamics; memoro-politics; material self

Chapter.  11561 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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