Conclusion Memory and the Future: Beyond Pathology

  • Alison Ribeiro de Menezes


Throughout this study of cultural memory in contemporary Spain, I have emphasized the role of imagination, of affective and empathic engagement with the past, and of reaching out toward the perspectives of the Other, while at the same time arguing that an obsessively backward focus—whether conceived of as trauma or nostalgia—should not prevail at the expense of a more hopeful, forward-looking gaze. Nevertheless, this begs the question, is what I am proposing merely a hopeful, even utopian aspiration?


Cultural Memory Respectful Acknowledgement Real Academia Utopian Aspiration Utopian Thinking 
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