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The Promise of Memory

Childhood Recollection and Its Objects in Literary Modernism

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$45.00 • £39.95 • €40.95

ISBN 9780674061460

Publication Date: 10/10/2011


284 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

8 halftones


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  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction: Writing Childhood Memory
    • I. Childhood Memory in Modernism
    • II. Overview: Objectives and Methods
    • III. Childhood Autobiography
    • IV. Remembering: Wordsworth versus the Modernists
    • V. Memory Theory: Freud and the Aftermath
    • VI. The Effect of Psychoanalytical and Psychological Memory Theory on Literature
    • VII. The Importance of Things and Places in Childhood Memories
    • VIII. Memory as Text: The Importance of Form
  • 1. Constructing Buried Treasure: Proust’s Childhood Memories
  • 2. Making Things Out of Fear: Rilke and Childhood Memory
  • 3. Collecting the Past, Prefiguring the Future: Benjamin Remembering His Childhood
  • Conclusion
    • I. Memory as a Topic and as a Phenomenon
    • II. The Fortunes of Childhood
    • III. Modernism, Childhood, and Memory Revisited
    • IV. What Do the Literary Memories Show Us?
    • V. Object and Place Memory
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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