Twilight Memories: Marking Time in a Culture of Amnesia

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Psychology Press, 1995 - Art - 292 pages
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In this new collection of essays on memory and amnesia in the postmodern world, cultural critic Andreas Huyssen considers how nationalism, literature, art, politics, and the media are obsessed with the past. The great paradox of our fin-de-siecle culture is that novelty is even more associated with memory than with future expectation. Drawing heavily on the dilemmas of contemporary Germany, Huyssen's discussion of cultural memory illustrates the nature of contemporary nationalism, the work of such artists and thinkers as Anselm Kiefer, Alexander Kluge, and Jean Baudrillard, and many others. The book includes illustrations from contemporary Germany.

  

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Contents

Time and Cultural Memory at Our Fin de Siecle
1
Time and Memory
3
The Museum as Mass Medium
13
The Failure of German Intellectuals
37
German Identities after Unification
67
Memories of Utopia
85
Media and Culture
103
The Fragmented Body in Rilkes
105
An Analytic Storyteller in the Course of Time
145
Diogenes as Postmodern Intellectual
157
Baudrillards Theory of Simulation
175
Fluxus in Context
191
The Terror of History the Temptation of Myth
209
Monuments and Holocaust Memory in a Media Age
249
Notes
261
Index
279

Ernst Jungers Armored Texts
127

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About the author (1995)

Andreas Huyssen is a Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

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