Film, History and Memory

Jennie Carlsten (Editor), Fearghal McGarry (Editor)

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Film, History and Memory examines the relationship between film and history, exploring the multiplicity of ways in which films depict, contest, reinforce or subvert historical understanding. This volume broadens the focus from 'history', the study of past events, to 'memory', the processes – individual, generational, collective or state-driven – by which meanings are attached to the past. This approach acknowledges how the significance of the historical film lies less in its empirical qualities than in its powerful capacity to influence public thinking and discourses about the past, whether by shaping collective memory, popular history and social memory, or by retrieving suppressed or marginalized histories. This study aims to contribute to the growing literature on history and film through the breadth of its approach, both in disciplinary and geographical terms. Contributors are drawn not only from the discipline of history but also film studies, film practice, art history, languages and literature, and cultural studies.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages209
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-46895-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-46894-9
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Jan 2015


  • film
  • history
  • memory
  • historiography
  • historical representation
  • commemoration
  • affect
  • spectatorship
  • discourse
  • historiophoty
  • cinema
  • Individual


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