By Jeffrey Andrew Barash
Crucial to Barash’s research is a glance on the radical variations that the symbolic configurations of collective reminiscence have passed through with the increase of latest applied sciences of mass communique. He provocatively demonstrates how such applied sciences’ capability to simulate direct experience—especially through the image—actually makes extra palpable collective memory’s obstacles and the opacity of the history, which continuously lies past the succeed in of dwelling reminiscence. Thwarting skepticism, despite the fact that, he ultimately seems to be to literature—specifically writers equivalent to Marcel Proust, Walter Scott, and W. G. Sebald—to discover refined nuances of temporality that would provide inconspicuous logos of a previous historic reality.
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