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Introduction

Adrian Parr

in Deleuze and Memorial Culture

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780748627547
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652433 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627547.003.0010
Introduction

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This introductory chapter explains the theme of this book, which is about contemporary forms of public remembrance or memorial culture based on Gilles Deleuze's concept of desire. The book presents a series of case studies concentrating on certain contemporary traumatic events and the cultural activity of memorialisation. The chapters are structured around the legitimate and illegitimate forms of the three syntheses of desire: connective, disjunctive and conjunctive. It offers a paradigm of memorial culture being where memory either affirms, legitimates and advances a paranoid investment of social desire, or it stirs forth an open polyvocal one.

Keywords: public remembrance; memorial culture; Gilles Deleuze; concept of desire; traumatic events; memorialisation

Chapter.  5761 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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