World Memory: Personal Trajectories in Global Time

Author: 
Bennett, Jill and Rosanne Kennedy (eds)

Builds upon Deleuze's notion of "world memory", from Cinema 2, to explore the various ways in which people around the world remember the past.

Includes contribution by Timothy Murray, which utilises Deleuze: Wounds of Repetition in the Age of the Digital: Chris Marker's Cinematic Ghosts.

How do we account for experiences of trauma and memory in multicultural and globalized societies? Moving contemporary trauma studies beyond its focus on Euro-American events and points of view, World Memoryblends the study of trauma and memory with postcolonial perspectives to explore a range of traumatic personal and socio-historical experiences: racism, injury, loss, sexual abuse, colonization, migration, Apartheid, the Holocaust and September 11th 2001. It argues that the effect of these phenomena can be best understood through an analysis of the personal trajectories of those involved and the ways in which these intersect - and often compete - with larger cultural formations. Examining a diversity of psychoanalytic, artistic, literary, cinematic and vernacular accounts of trauma, the writers collectively reveal what happens when languaes of memory traverse boundaries of culture, space and time.

Citation: 
Jill Bennett and Rosanne Kennedy eds., World Memory: Personal Trajectories in Global Time. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003