Remembering and Forgetting: The Construction and Maintenance of Cultural Memory

Freya Stancombe Taylor

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The study of cultural memory, along with other memory research, has in the past tended to posit remembering and forgetting as oppositional forces in a mnemonic contestation over ‘truth’. Whilst neither can be eventuated without the other, such an observation of memory has led to some rather reductionist assumptions of the dialectical relationship between the two as ‘black and white’ processes in constant conflict with one another. This passage utilises the relevant literature to explore the paradoxical nature of remembering and forgetting, highlighting the far more complex reality of the two in the cultural memory practices of societies and everyday life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-11
Number of pages5
JournalIntersections (Postgraduate Journal - Arts , Humanities , Social Sciences)
Issue number1
Early online date11 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 9 May 2019


  • Cultural Memory
  • Remembering
  • Forgetting
  • mnemonic practices
  • identity


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