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Tuesday, 12 July 2016
Cultural Memory Again

Religion and Cultural Memory (tr. Rodney Livingstone),
Jan Assmann, Stanford University Press, 2006, page 27

After a discusive ramble around Freud, Derrida, Yerushalmi and Gadamer, Assmann returns to the topic of cultural memory.

Cultural memory, in contrast to communicative memory, encompasses the age-old, out-of-the-way and discarded; and in contrast to collective, bonding memory, it includes the non-instrumentalisable, heretical, subversive and disowned. With the concept of cultural memory we have reached the furthest remove from our starting point: the individual memory ...

And here comes the question that will lead us on:

We must ask, therefore, in what sense is it still legitimate to make use of the concept of memory with reference to the cultural phenomena relevant here?

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