Sept 7: What is the Status of the Past II?

What is the status of the past II?

Continuing our discussion from last week, here are even more reflections on the status of the past. As last week, make a list of the categories that each author uses to think about and approach the question. Again, it is not your job to make them agree.

Pierre Nora, “Between History and Memory

Steven Knapp, “Collective Memory and the Actual Past” –this is a difficult structure. Many ideas are brought up, tested, and found wanting before moving on to more refined questions. Pay attention to these moves.

Freud, “The Uncanny” (get a good definition of the uncanny in your notes and think about “the return of the repressed” in the context of our class).

There is time next week to catch up if we need to.