Memory and History in Twentieth-Century Australia

By: Darian-Smith, Kate; Hamilton, Paula

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Minimal general wear to covers plus a short crease to front bottom corner. Spine not creased. Internally pristine. 255pp What is the meaning of the stories we remember about the past? How do cultural institutions shape our memories? These questions are indicative of the way in which this book charts new territory and helps us to think about the past in different ways. In the context of a renewed interest inmemory around the world, it examines the relationship between history and memory through a series of examples that explore the Australian background for the social process of remembering. The editors have divided the book into four sections: an introductory one with two essays that set out thedebates and examines the institutionalisation of memory in museums respectively; a second section in which a number of essays explore the politics of memory and how the competing narratives about memory circulate and are negotiated in Australian society; a third section links the gendering of memorywith private and public aspects of our existence; and the fourth explores our memories of place and how this relates to identity. Many of these essays address issues relating to the impact of popular culture, particularly film and television, on memory and illuminate some of the ways that culturalforms shape remembering over time. The various contributors range widely across subject areas that encompass forms of both individual and collective remembering. Several of the chapters focus on aspects of remembering and representation of wars. Other deal with 'misremembering' and seemingconfusion of specific events such as the Measles epidemic and Maralinga bomb testing of the 1950s, or the Bubonic plague of 1900 and Pneumonic flu of 1919. Still others deal with the representation of experience: domestic decision-making, travel, migration and location or place. This book opens upthe Australian past in radically different ways and demonstrates the centrality of memory of the writing of history.

Title: Memory and History in Twentieth-Century Australia

Author Name: Darian-Smith, Kate; Hamilton, Paula

Categories: Australian and New Zealand History,

Edition: Reprint

Publisher: Melbourne, Oxford University Press: 1997

ISBN Number: 0195535693

ISBN Number 13: 9780195535693

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket as Issued

Size: 135mm x 215mm

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