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Memory Unbound

Tracing the Dynamics of Memory Studies

Edited by Lucy Bond, Stef Craps, Pieter Vermeulen

302 pages, 16 illus., 2 figures, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-300-2 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (November 2016)

ISBN  978-1-78533-841-0 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Published (May 2018)

eISBN 978-1-78533-301-9 eBook

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“The volume provides a comprehensive examination of the field of memory studies, from a range of disciplines and approaches using global case studies. The dynamic compilation of essays is attentive to shifts in the field towards interdisciplinarity and provides a nuanced account of the dynamics of memory across various contexts…This volume of essays is a significant contribution to the field as it provides a critical understanding of memory across media and disciplines, and will be of interest to a wide range of scholars working in the field of memory studies.” • Memory Studies

Memory Unbound is exemplary of the research and writing of the ‘third wave’ of memory studies. It heralds a new departure in keeping with the transforming effects of new technologies of communication, and conveys the energy and excitement attending the precipitous emergence and rapid development of this new realm of scholarship.” • Patrick Hutton, University of Vermont

“This is a great book—provocative, timely, and thoughtful. It proposes a future for memory research that finds a place for new investigators to embed their ideas.” • Joanne Garde-Hansen, University of Warwick


Though still a relatively young field, memory studies has undergone significant transformations since it first coalesced as an area of inquiry. Increasingly, scholars understand memory to be a fluid, dynamic, unbound phenomenon—a process rather than a reified object. Embodying just such an elastic approach, this state-of-the-field collection systematically explores the transcultural, transgenerational, transmedial, and transdisciplinary dimensions of memory—four key dynamics that have sometimes been studied in isolation but never in such an integrated manner. Memory Unbound places leading researchers in conversation with emerging voices in the field to recast our understanding of memory’s distinctive variability.

Lucy Bond is a senior lecturer in English literature at the University of Westminster and a founder of the London Cultural Memory Consortium. She is the author of Frames of Memory after 9/11: Culture, Criticism, Politics, and Law (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and a coeditor (with Jessica Rapson) of The Transcultural Turn: Interrogating Memory between and beyond Borders (De Gruyter, 2014).

Stef Craps is an associate professor of English literature at Ghent University, where he directs the Cultural Memory Studies Initiative. He is the author of Postcolonial Witnessing: Trauma Out of Bounds (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Trauma and Ethics in the Novels of Graham Swift: No Short-Cuts to Salvation (Sussex Academic Press, 2005).

Pieter Vermeulen is an assistant professor of American and comparative literature at the University of Leuven. He is the author of Contemporary Literature and the End of the Novel: Creature, Affect, Form (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Geoffrey Hartman: Romanticism after the Holocaust (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2010).

Subject: History (General)Cultural Studies (General)Memory Studies


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