Cultural Memory, Memorials, and Reparative Writing

  • Erica L. Johnson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 101-112

About this book


Cultural Memory, Memorials, and Reparative Writing examines the ways in which memory furnishes important source material in the three distinct areas of critical theory, memoir, and memorial art. The book first shows how affect theorists have increasingly complemented more traditional archival research through the use of “academic memoir.”  This theoretical piece is then applied to memoir works by Caribbean writers Dionne Brand and Patrick Chamoiseau, and the final case study in the book interprets as memorial art Kara Walker’s ephemeral 80,000 pound sugar sculpture of 2014. Memory as method; memory as archive; memorial as affect: this book looks at the interplay between archival sources on the one hand, and the affective memories, both personal and collective, that flow from, around, and into the constantly shifting record of the past. 


affect theory memory studies memorial art affective memory memoirs life writing personal memory trauma studies slavery in the Americas racism in the Americas Equal Justice Initiative Kara Walker

Authors and affiliations

  • Erica L. Johnson
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  1. 1.Pace UniversityNew YorkUSA

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