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Edith Wyschogrod

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226061

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226061.001.0001

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Memory, History, Revelation

Memory, History, Revelation

Writing the Dead Other

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Crossover Queries

Edith Wyschogrod

Fordham University Press

This chapter considers the meaning of past time and the writing of history, as well as the question of memory, especially the materialist challenge to traditional accounts with, perhaps, some surprising outcomes. It also discusses the relation of revelation to memory and history. A piece of historical writing is often thought of as a narrative interpreting the times of those who can themselves no longer depict the epoch in which they lived and moved and had their being. The subjects of this story are no longer here to attest to their era's culture, economy, institutions, politics, and way of life, whether to praise or to excoriate them. The historian is challenged to configure for the living the lives and times of dead others, making inferences from the clues that are trusted by the profession: archives, artifacts, and transmitted traditions. What remains unstated in this account is the manner in which the narrator speaks about, but not for, the past.

Keywords:   past time, history, memory, revelation, historian, dead others, historical writing

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