Deja Vu: Aberrations of Cultural Memory (Electronic Mediations, V. 12)
Peter KrappISBN: 0816643350;
Book DescriptionReferring to a past that never was, deja vu shares a structure not only with fiction, but also with the ever more sophisticated effects of media technology. Tracing the term from the end of the nineteenth century, when it was first popularized in the pages of the Revue philosophique, Peter Krapp examines the genealogy and history of the singular and unrepeatable experience of deja vu. This provocative book offers a refreshing counterpoint to the cliched celebrations of cultural memory and forces us do a double take on the sanctimonious warnings against forgetting so common in our time. Disturbances of cultural memory?screen memories, false recognitions, premonitions?disrupt the comfort zone of memorial culture: strictly speaking, deja vu is neither a failure of memory nor a form of forgetting. Krapp?s analysis of such disturbances in literature, art, and mass media introduces, historicizes, and theorizes what it...
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