Theatres of Memory

Theatres of Memory

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When Theatres of Memory was first published in 1994, it transformed the debate about what is to be considered history and questioned the role of a€œheritagea€ that lies at the heart of every Western nationa€™s obsession with the past. Today, in the age of Downton Abbey and Mad Men, we are once again conjuring historical fictions to make sense of our everyday lives. In this remarkable book, Samuel looks at the many different ways we use the a€œunofficial knowledgea€ of the past. Considering such varied areas as the fashion for a€œretrofitting, a€ the rise of family history, the joys of collecting old photographs, the allure of reenactment societies and televised adaptations of Dickens, Samuel transforms our understanding of the uses of history. He shows us that history is a living practice, something constantly being reassessed in the world around us.The revival of candles, though a minority enthusiasm or fad, deserves mention in this context. ... chunky, novelty or a#39;adventa#39; candles, latterly with the addition of candlemaking kits for children and Wee Willie Winkie candleholders. ... Curtains, which in the modernist interiors of the 1950s and 1960s had been discarded in favour of bare picture windows, ... for clothes, fabrics and furnishings, the style leaders of the 1970s made a fetish of the a#39;naturala#39;, the a#39;organica#39; and the home- grown;anbsp;...

Title:Theatres of Memory
Author:Raphael Samuel
Publisher:Verso Books - 2012-09-11


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