Representations of Forgetting in Life Writing and Fiction

  • Gunnthorunn Gudmundsdottir

Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Gunnthorunn Gudmundsdottir
    Pages 1-22
  3. Scenes of Forgetting in Life Writing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
  4. The Past Recovered

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Gunnthorunn Gudmundsdottir
      Pages 91-112
    3. Gunnthorunn Gudmundsdottir
      Pages 113-128
    4. Gunnthorunn Gudmundsdottir
      Pages 129-145
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 169-188

About this book


This book primarily focuses on the concept of forgetting, with particular emphasis on how we can trace the forgotten in contemporary life writing and memory texts. It consists of two main parts: the first concentrates on life writing in particular and what the author calls “scenes of forgetting”; the second examines both fiction and autobiographies that deal with questions of collective memory/forgetting. The book’s principal aim is to map methods and strategies writers employ when writing the forgotten – it argues that forgetting is a constant companion in any memory text and plays a decisive role in the memory work performed in the texts. The main theoretical objective is to examine carefully the connection between collective memory and personal memory, by drawing from two disciplines at once: memory studies and theories on life writing. By considering both areas of research, the conclusions of this study are able to feed into both theoretical perspectives. 


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Authors and affiliations

  • Gunnthorunn Gudmundsdottir
    • 1
  1. 1.University of IcelandReykjavikIceland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-59863-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-59864-6
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