Theatres of Memory

Past and Present in Contemporary Culture
Author(s): Raphael Samuel
Original Publish Date: Sep 11, 2012
Product Number: EB00179991
Released: Jan 16, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781844679355
Publisher: Verso
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When Theatres of Memory was first published in 1994, it transformed the debate about what is to be considered history and questioned the role of "heritage" that lies at the heart of every Western nation's obsession with the past. Today, in the age of Downton Abbey and Mad Men, we are once again conjuring historical fictions to make sense of our everyday lives. In this remarkable book, Samuel looks at the many different ways we use the "unofficial knowledge" of the past. Considering such varied areas as the fashion for "retrofitting," the rise of family history, the joys of collecting old photographs, the allure of reenactment societies and televised adaptations of Dickens, Samuel transforms our understanding of the uses of history. He shows us that history is a living practice, something constantly being reassessed in the world around us.

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