The Inheritance of Forgetting: Narratives of Postmemory

Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir*

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This chapter investigates the unknown or unseen past in postmemory texts, particularly in the work of Lisa Appignanesi and Linda Grant. The discourse of postmemory will be linked to theories on forgetting, trauma, silence, and writing. As in the previous chapters we are where collective memory and private remembrance meet, but this time the complexities introduced by the generational divide, in the adding of postmemory to the mix, infuses yet a different hue to the presence of the forgotten in memory texts. The role of the memory of our parents will come under special scrutiny when analysing texts where a parent’s dementia is one of the issues at stake.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPalgrave Macmillan Memory Studies
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Number of pages17
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

  • Communicative Memory
  • Cultural Memory
  • Jewish Community
  • Memory Text
  • Traumatic Memory


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