Introduction: On Having Forgotten

Karmen MacKendrick

in Fragmentation and Memory

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229499
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236961 | DOI:
Introduction: On Having Forgotten

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This chapter starts by exploring the idea of forgetting how to write. Then it looks into the initial surprise, the subsequent fragmentation, recollection, and even coherence of the written work providing the formative impetus and question for this text. It notes that the surprise of writing is that a work has somehow brought itself into existence while the writer was engaged in anxious distraction. Here, it tries to make that paradoxical mix of gathering and breakage thematic, particularly in terms of its functions in and as time. It also considers the importance of memory and fragmentation in understanding. The latter part of the chapter provides an outline of the topics covered in the book.

Keywords: fragmentation; forgotten; surprise; writing; memory

Chapter.  3152 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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