Can we remember other people’s memories? The Generation of Postmemory argues we can: that memories of traumatic events live on to mark the lives of those who were not there to experience them. Children of survivors and their contemporaries inherit catastrophic histories not through direct recollection but through haunting postmemories—multiply mediated images, objects, stories, behaviors, and affects passed down within the family and the culture at large. In these new and revised critical readings of the literary and visual legacies of the Holocaust and other, related sites of memory, Marianne Hirsch builds on her influential concept of postmemory. The book’s chapters, two of which wer...
In modern-day Ukraine, east of the Carpathian Mountains, there is an invisible city. Known as Czernowitz, the "Vienna of the East" under the Habsburg empire, this vibrant Jewish-German Eastern European culture vanished after World War II—yet an idealized version lives on, suspended in the memories of its dispersed people and passed down to their children like a precious and haunted heirloom. In this original blend of history and communal memoir, Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer chronicle the city's survival in personal, familial, and cultural memory. They find evidence of a cosmopolitan culture of nostalgic lore—but also of oppression, shattered promises, and shadows of the Holocaust in Romania. Hirsch and Spitzer present the first historical account of Jewish Czernowitz in the English language and offer a profound analysis of memory's echo across generations.
Mothers and daughters -- the female figures neglected by classic psychoanalysis and submerged in traditional narrative -- are at the center of this book. The novels of nineteenth- and twentieth-century women writers from the Western European and North American traditions reveal that the story of motherhood remains the unspeakable plot of Western culture. Focusing on the feminine and, more controversially, on the maternal, this book alters our perception of both the familial structures basic to traditional narrative -- the Oedipus story -- and the narrative structures basic to traditional representations of the family -- Freud's family romance. Confronting psychoanalytic theories of subject-formation with narrative theories, Marianne Hirsch traces the emergence and transformation of female family romance patterns from Jane Austen to Marguerite Duras.
Conflicts in Feminism proposes new strategies for negotiating and practicing conflict in feminism. Noted scholars and writers examine the most critically divisive issues within feminism today with sensitivity to all sides of the debates. By analyzing how the debates have worked for and against feminism, and by promoting dialogue across a variety of contexts, these provocative essays explore the roots of divisiveness while articulating new models for a productive discourse of difference.
This catalog is published on the occasion of the exhibition From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art organized by The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, on view from November 25, 2016 through April 2, 2017. Curated by Lily Siegel and Pierre-François Galpin. Artists: Christian Boltanski, Nao Bustamante, Binh Danh, Silvina Der-Meguerditchian, Bernice Eisenstein, Eric Finzi, Nicholas Galanin, Guy Goldstein, Fotini Gouseti, Ellen Harvey, Aram Jibilian, Loli Kantor, Mike Kelley, Lisa Kokin, Ralph Lemon, Rä di Martino, Yong Soon Min, Fabio Morais, Elizabeth Moran, Vandy Rattana, Anri Sala, Wael Shawky, Hank Willis Thomas, and ChikakoYamashiro.
The oral history interview of Marianne Hirsch is comprised of audiocassette and digital recordings and a transcript of the recordings. The interview was conducted by Mary Donin on August 13 and October 7, 2008. The entire interview runs for approximately 90 minutes and covers her teaching and administrative career at Dartmouth College.
Zahlreiche Gegenwartsautoren fügen Fotografien in ihre Texte ein, die mehr sind als bloße Illustrationen. Sie dienen als Gedächtniszeugen, die mit den Texten vielschichtig verwoben werden. Das bekannteste Beispiel bilden die Werke W.G. Sebalds, doch auch Autoren wie Monika Maron, Stephan Wackwitz, Ulla Hahn, Kurt Drawert oder Marcel Beyer repräsentieren die Erinnerung an Krieg und Holocaust mit Hilfe fotografischer Bilder. In detaillierten Textanalysen und Bildbetrachtungen untersucht Silke Horstkotte, wie Fotos den Transfer von Erinnerungen zwischen den Generationen ermöglichen und inwieweit diese durch Respekt bzw. durch Grenzverletzungen bestimmt sind.
Cultural displacement -- physical dislocation from one's native culture or the colonizing imposition of a foreign culture -- is one of the most formative experiences of our century. These essays examine the impact of this experience on contemporary notions of cultural identity from the perspectives of anthropology, history, philosophy, literature, and psychology.