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Committing the Future to Memory: History, Experience, Trauma

Sarah Clift


Committing the Future to Memory: History, Experience, Trauma seeks to rethink the relation between history and memory by revisiting the temporality of experience and its narrative representation. Whereas historical determinacy conceives the past to be a complex and unstable network of causalities, asks how history can be related to a more radical future. To pose that question, it does not reject determinacy outright but rather seeks to explore how it works. In examining what it means to be “determined” by history, it also asks what kind of openings there might be in our encounters with histo ... More

Keywords: Historical determinacy, Temporality, Language and narration, John Locke, Maurice Blanchot, G.W.F. Hegel, Walter Benjamin, Hannah Arendt

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823254200
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823254200.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Clift, author
Univeristy of King's College