Memory in the Twenty-First Century

New Critical Perspectives from the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences

  • Sebastian Groes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction: Memory in the Twenty-First Century

  3. Metaphors of Memory

  4. Memory in the Digital Age

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-87
    2. Will Self
      Pages 89-96
    3. Hugo J. Spiers
      Pages 97-102
    4. Wendy Moncur
      Pages 108-112
    5. Stacey Pitsillides
      Pages 113-118
    6. Adriaan van der Weel
      Pages 125-129
  5. Ecologies of Memory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-146
    2. Claire Colebrook
      Pages 147-158
    3. Mike Hulme
      Pages 159-162
    4. Maggie Gee
      Pages 170-174
    5. Sebastian Groes
      Pages 175-187
  6. Memory and the Future

  7. Forgetting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-249
    2. Larry R. Squire, John T. Wixted
      Pages 251-262
    3. Karen R. Brandt
      Pages 263-267
    4. Peter Childs
      Pages 268-270
    5. Heather H. Yeung
      Pages 276-279
    6. Alison Waller
      Pages 286-291
    7. Thomas F. Coker, Heather H. Yeung
      Pages 292-297
  8. Twenty-First Century Subjectivities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 299-306
    2. Claire Colebrook
      Pages 307-315
    3. Alison Waller
      Pages 325-329
    4. Robert Pepperell
      Pages 330-333
    5. Joanna J. Bryson
      Pages 334-337
    6. Neander Abreu
      Pages 338-342
    7. Martijn Meeter
      Pages 343-346

About this book


This book maps and analyses the changing state of memory at the start of the twenty-first century via short essays written by scientists, scholars and writers. An experimental, multidisciplinary volume, it presents new research whilst recontextualising memory by investigating the impact of new conditions such as the digital revolution, climate change and an ageing population. It contains contributions by researchers at the foreground of new thinking about the human mind, such as N. Katherine Hayles and Claire Colebrook, as well as by writers such as Will Self, Maggie Gee and Adam Roberts. The interlinking work shows that the multiplicity of revolutions force us to reconsider our thinking about what it means to be a human being in the twenty-first century. Memory is increasingly becoming a collective, globally shared networking activity, whilst the role of the human mind is increasingly marginal, and taken over by machines. Human nature is rapidly changing.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Sebastian Groes
    • 1
  1. 1.University of RoehamptonUK

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