On the Emergence of <i>Memory</i> in Historical Discourse

Kerwin Lee Klein

in From History to Theory

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268814
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948297 | DOI:
On the Emergence of Memory in Historical Discourse

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This chapter discusses the emergence of new uses for an old word, memory. It notes that during the 1980s and 1990s, a term abandoned by the mid-century academy returned as a keyword for history and theory. It explains that many of the justifications for the new usage turned upon the term's utility for articulation the experience or subject positions of minority and colonized peoples in a traumatic, postmodern age. It argues that memory carries with it a host of associated words drawn from predominantly religious discourses that could resonate in mysterious and possibly dangerous ways.

Keywords: memory; history; theory; postmodern age; religious discourses; minority people

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Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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