Memory in Times of Crisis
Fragmentary memories, traumas and false versions of one’s past – these are the starting points for Dorothee Birke’s dissertation on memory crises. Within a field of investigation that has recently been concerned with deformation and modification of memories, Birke takes a closer look at the representation of memory crises in literary texts. She investigates the staging of memory crises both from a synchronic and from a diachronic point of view. By using cognitive narratology she develops a tool box to investigate two novels by Charles Dickens and Virgina Woolf. Applying her results to four contemporary British novels she demonstrates how these refer to and modify well-known models. This shows that the representation of memory processes in literature is always connected to a certain historical situation – in this case, a time in which autobiographical memories turn into crises.
All articles (not book covers) in KULT_online from issue 50 on are published under the license Creative Commons Attribution 4.0. All published articles may be reused under the conditions of the license, particularly for commercial purposes and through editing the article (Human-Readable Summary). All authors (have) permitted the publication under the above mentioned license. There is no copyright transfer towards KULT_online. For all book covers specific rights might be reserved, please contact the respective publisher for any lawful reuse. All contributions published in issue 1-49 of KULT_online are free available online and protected by the German Copyright Law.