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Ars Memorativa, Ars Oblivionis in Middle English Religious Plays

Ages. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1996. Print. N-Town Plays, The. Ed. Douglas Sugano. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2007. Print. Olick, Jeffrey K., and Joyce Robbins. “Social Memory Studies: From ‘Collective Memory’ to the Historical Sociology of Mnemonic Practices.” Annual Reviews of Sociology 24.1 (1998): 105-40. Print. Pennebaker, James W., and Amy L. Gonzales. “Making History: Social and Psychological Processes Underlying Collective Memory.” Boyer and Wertsch, eds., 2009. 171-93. Print

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“But what a place / to put a piano”: Nostalgic Objects in Robert Minhinnick’s Diary of the Last Man

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In 2003, Martin Rees referred to the present as “mankind’s final century.” A few years later, Slavoj Žižek wrote that humankind is heading towards “apocalyptic zero-point,” when the ecological crisis will most probably lead to our complete destruction. In his 2017 collection, Diary of the Last Man, Welsh poet Robert Minhinnick offers readers a meditation upon Earth at a liminal moment—on the brink of becoming completely unpopulated.

Imagining a solitary human being, living in the midst of environmental collapse, Minhinnick yet entwines different voices—human and non-human—operating across vast spans of time. The speaker of the poems moves freely through different geographies and cultural contexts, but the voice that starts and ends the journey, seems to be the voice of the poet himself: he is the last man on earth, a survivor of ecological disaster.

The paper discusses Minhinnick’s collection as a projection of the world we now inhabit into a future where it will exist only in the form of nostalgic memories. The analysis focuses on the role of objects in the construction of the world-within-the poem, where the fragments of human civilization are being claimed by forces of the environment—engulfing sand, progressive erosion—forming a retrospective vision of our “now” which will inevitably become our “past.”

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From Saint Sava to Milosevic – The Pantheon of (Anti)heroes in Serbian Presidential Election (2017)

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This article aims to analyze the presidential campaign in Serbia (2017). It focuses on the presence of different significant figures from Serbian history and culture in the public sphere. It begins by presenting the pantheon of eminent figures in the history of Serbia. Next, the presidential election and its results are briefly described. Then, the text investigates the question what kind of eminent figures, by whom, and in which context were used in the last Serbian presidential campaign. The conclusion summarizes the specifics of the use of historical characters for political aims in that case.

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“Stop … and Remember”: Memory and Ageing in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Novels

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This article foregrounds representations of ageing and memory within Kazuo Ishiguro’s novels, particularly Never Let Me Go (2005) and, the less critically considered, The Buried Giant (2015). While criticism and reviews touch upon themes of ageing, loneliness, and loss of bodily function, scholars are yet to reveal either the centrality of this to Ishiguro’s work or how this might speak to real-life questions surrounding ageing. Few readers of Never Let Me Go realise that in writing it Ishiguro’s guiding question was ‘how can I get young people to go through the experience of old people’? The arguments here seek to restore such authorly intentions to prominence.

Ishiguro is more interested in socio-cultural meanings of ageing than biologically impoverished memories: this article examines the shifting relationships Ishiguro presents between memory and age as regards what happens to the ways in which memories are valued, and how people might be valuable (or not) for their memories. Interdisciplinary with age studies and social gerontology, this article demonstrates how Ishiguro both contributes to, and contends with, socially constructed concepts of ageing. In refocusing Ishiguro criticism onto reminiscence rather than nostalgia, this article aims to put ageing firmly on the agenda of future research.

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Minneproblematikken i Lars Saabye Christensens Lyrikk
Analyse av Jeg-Personens Minner i Lys av Memory Studies

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The purpose of this article is to perform an analysis of Lars Saabye Christensen’s poem ‘Nocturne’ from the perspective of Memory Studies. Recollections and the past are not simply the main issues of the literary work, but also provide a basis that can be used as a conceptual apparatus in one’s interpretative work. That is exactly what occurs in the relatively new study field that focuses on cultural aspects of literature, i.e. Memory Studies. Through an indepth analysis of the language, stylistic measures, and with reference to Aristotle, I focus on the mechanisms that are in control of the lyrical subject’s memory. Just as essential are P. Ricoeur’s reflections on location and spatiality as well as A. Assman’s postulates that enable to describe objects and places as having a memory. The application of the ideas of Memory Studies as a methodological tool allows to determine the lyrical situation including the lyrical subject’s internal states.

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Us and Them: A Vision of Heroes on the Move in John McGahern’s Fiction

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Current explorations of migration in fiction focus on innovative perspectives, linking memory and trauma with the concepts of exile and conflict. Personal memories ask for an understanding of what belonging and identity represent for the Irish; immigration has hybrid and fertile links to memory studies, psychology and psychoanalysis (Akhtar), making the immigrant both love and hate his new territory, while returning to the past or homeland to reflect and regain emotional balance. From the focus on ‘the sexy foreigner’ (Beltsiou), we rely on the idea of crisis discussed by León Grinberg and Rebeca Grinberg, Frank Summers’ examination of identity, the place of the modern polis and the variations of the narrative (Phillips), the trans-generational factor (Fitzgerald and Lambkin), the departure seen as an exile (Murray and Said) and the impact of guilt (Wills).

Such views support an analysis of McGahern’s writing which works as a blend of memories and imagination, the writer highlighting dilemmas, success and failure as ongoing human threads. They are as diverse as the people met by the novelist in his youth, many of them being workers, nurses, entrepreneurs, teachers and writers, both young immigrants in search of a better life and migrants returning to spend their retirement or holidays home.

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Categorising Resources of Historical Memory in Researching Publicistic Text

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On the Role of Diegetic Electronic Screens in Contemporary European Films

, Francesco. 1998 [1996]. Inside the Gaze: The Fiction Film and Its Spectator. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. Chateau, Dominique. 2016. Between Fascination and Denial: The Power of the Screen. In Screens. From Materiality to Spectatorship – A Historical and Theoretical Reassessment, eds. Dominique Chateau and José Moure, 186–199. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. Gonzalez-Collenberg, Carrie. 2016. Cinema and Memory Studies: Now, Then, and Tomorrow. In Routledge International Handbook of Memory Studies, eds. Anna Lisa Tota and

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Graphic Narratives of Women in War: Identity Construction in the Works of Zeina Abirached, Miriam Katin, and Marjane Satrapi

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Collective Cultural Memory as a TV Guide: “Living” History and Nostalgia on the Digital Television Platform

References Bond, Lucy; Stef Craps and Pieter Vermeulen, eds. 2017. Memory Unbound: Tracing the Dynamics of Memory Studies . New York: Berghahn Books. Boym, Svetlana. 2001. The Future of Nostalgia. New York: Basic Books. Bolter, Jay David and Richard Grusin. 1999. Remediation: Understanding New Media. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Buonanno, Milly. 2008. The Age of Television: Experiences and Theories . Bristol: Intellect Books. Bourdon, Jérôme. 2003. Some Sense of Time: Remembering Television. History and Memory vol. 15, no. 2: 5

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