Forgetting as Disguise: Memory Debates of Occupation

Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir*

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This chapter analyses Knut Hamsun’s autobiographical work, On Overgrown Paths, in order to examine how a disputed past and controversial actions are addressed in life writing, and the role played by forgetting where it becomes a central rhetorical device in dealing with the past. In this short text a convergence of different elements of forgetting come together: the natural forgetting of the aging process, the voice of a man at odds with the politics of the day and thereby memory politics, attempting to represent his version of the past, in a meandering and fragmented text which does not provide the solace his readers craved.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPalgrave Macmillan Memory Studies
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NamePalgrave Macmillan Memory Studies
ISSN (Print)2634-6257
ISSN (Electronic)2634-6265

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
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Other keywords

  • Head Nurse
  • Mental Hospital
  • Political Prisoner
  • Psychiatric Clinic
  • Retirement Home


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