Forgetting Futures: On Meaning, Trauma, and Identity (Book Title)


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Forgetting Futures reignites the debate about the crisis of memory and the search to understand the relationship between past and present, remembering and forgetting. In "Forgetting" Petar Ramadanovic presents an elegant critique of the most significant concepts of memory, from Plato to Nietzsche, as he challenges the prevalent, Aristotelain understanding of memory as mere repeated presentation of the past in the present. In "Futures" Ramadanovic skillfully examines the power of traumatic memory in history. Through an analysis of Cathy Caruth and a ground breaking revisionist interpretation of Toni Morrison's "Beloved" he shows how the memory of the Holocaust and slavery has shaped American identity. (Lexington Books, 2001)


Petar Ramadanovic

Petar Ramadanovic is an associate professor of English at the University of New Hampshire where he teaches literary analysis, critical approaches to literature and twentieth century humanities. His research interests include critical theory and cultural studies.

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