Memory Studies and Media Studies

Joanne Garde-Hansen

in Media and Memory

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748640348
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670949 | DOI:
Memory Studies and Media Studies

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This chapter will offer a critical introduction to the key issues, debates and ideas within memory studies research. It is not always clear from existing literature how and why memory studies (ranging from the sociological to the cognitive science approaches) should synthesise with media studies. The connections will be made explicit in this chapter. Drawing together foundational theories of memory from for example Halbwachs (1980), Nora (1989), Lowenthal (1996), Olick (1999), Bergson (2004), Ricoeur (2006) and Connerton (2008), the chapter will consider such theorisations of history, remembering, forgetting, amnesia, flashback, archive and nostalgia with a view to making very clear the connections and disconnections between these lines of thoughts and media studies.

Keywords: Memory Studies; Media Studies; Sociology of Memory

Chapter.  7555 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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