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Review: HOW THE OLD LEFT HAS FOUND A NEW PLACE IN THE MEMORY GAME: How Modernity Forgets by Paul Connerton

Reviewed Work: How Modernity Forgets by Paul Connerton
Review by: Patrick H. Hutton
History and Theory
Vol. 50, No. 1 (February 2011), pp. 98-111
Published by: Wiley for Wesleyan University
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41300061
Page Count: 14
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HOW THE OLD LEFT HAS FOUND A NEW PLACE IN THE MEMORY GAME
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Abstract

In his new book, How Modernity Forgets, Paul Connerton seeks to show a relationship between the workings of late capitalism and the institutionalization of forgetfulness in ever more abstract conceptions of space and time. He uses this argument to explain why the topic of collective memory has waxed so large in contemporary historical scholarship. I interpret his argument in light of his earlier work on habit memory and his still earlier critique of Frankfurt School social theory. I close with some comments on his study in the context of recent work on mnemonic practices in modern culture.

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