Introduction: Writing the Forgotten

Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir*

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The Introduction surveys the discourse on remembering and forgetting as it has appeared in memory studies and theories of life writing, and offers new ways of integrating forgetting into the study of memory texts. This is elucidated by carefully chosen examples from the theoretical debate as well as a selection of material from autobiographers, all of which bring us closer to understanding the role of forgetting in memory. The theoretical framework of the study is discussed in detail in an effort to highlight the importance of the forgotten in all writings on the past. A detailed overview of the chapters is also provided.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPalgrave Macmillan Memory Studies
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

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

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017, The Author(s).

Other keywords

  • Collective Memory
  • Historical Consciousness
  • Memory Study
  • Memory Text
  • Total Recall


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