Memory: A History

2016.07.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Dmitri Nikulin (ed.), Memory: A History, Oxford University Press, 2015, 397pp., $35 (pbk), ISBN 9780199793846. Reviewed by
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2016.07.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Dmitri Nikulin (ed.), Memory: A History, Oxford University Press, 2015, 397pp., $35 (pbk), ISBN 9780199793846. Reviewed by Kimberly Rivers, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh The prestige and value of memory as a concept in many fields of study has never been higher. One has only to peruse the selections anthologized in The Collective Memory Reader to get a sense of the vast array of approaches to the topic.[1] In fact, according to Dmitri Nikulin, the editor of the present volume, the burgeoning state of memory studies in philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, sociology, cultural studies, literature, and history since the 1980s has occasioned a kind of "memory fatigue" that renders the term almost meaningless and necessitates a "clarification of the range of the concept's historical meaning" (4). The goal of the book is to get at what memory is by providing a history of how it has been... Read More

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