The Story of Memory: Remembering, Forgetting, and Unreliable Narrators
This seminar aims to explore the precarious nature of remembering and forgetting in contemporary literature and film. Milan Kundera tells us that memory is not the opposite of forgetting; rather, forgetting could be another type of memory. We read stories not only written to remember, but also to forget, edit, or even recreate the past (The Sense of an Ending, Atonement, and Remainder). Through the voice of an unreliable narrator, writers tend to create a disturbing literary space, a site of remembering and forgetting. Their narratives betray the absence of what is described (memory vs. misremembering; the visible vs. the invisible), leading us to question the malleability and fallibility of memory.
Please send a 300 word abstract and a short bio through the ACLA portal by September 23, 2017. If you have any questions about this seminar, please feel free to contact Dr. Mavis Tseng at firstname.lastname@example.org
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