The Generation of Postmemory by Marianne Hirsch

Hola, todos!

Además del  artículo asignado en clase de Marianne Hirsch (1996), donde la autora introduce el tema de Postmemory he leido para otra clase el artículo “The Generation of Postmemory” publicado en 2008. En 2012 salió el libro The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture After the Holocaust, donde Hirsch amplía la discusión.  


Del artículo de 2008 les dejo algunas citas que tratan de definir lo que es Postmemory:

  1. “Postmemory’s connection to the past is thus not actually mediated by recall but by imaginative investment, projection, and creation. To grow up with such overwhelming inherited memories, to be dominated by narratives that preceded one’s birth or one’s consciousness, is to risk having one’s own stories and experiences displaced, even evacuated, by those of a previous generation” (107)
  2. “Postmemorial work, I want to suggest—and this is the central point of my argument in this essay—strives to reactivate and reembody more distant social/national and archival/cultural memorial structures by reinvesting them with resonant individual and familial forms of mediation and aesthetic expression. Thus less-directly affected participants can become engaged in the generation of postmemory, which can thus persist even after all participants and even their familial descendants are gone” (111)
  3. “I have argued that postmemory is not an identity position but a generational structure of transmission deeply embedded in such forms of mediation” (114)
  4. The images already imprinted on our brains, the tropes and structures we bring from the present to the past, hoping to find them there and to have our questions answered, may be screen memories—screens on which we project present or timeless needs and desires and which thus mask other images and other concerns. The familial aspects of postmemory that make it so powerful and problematically open to affiliation contain many of these preformed screen images. What more potent such image than the image of the lost mother and the fantasy of her recovery?” (120)
  5. […] the index of postmemory (as opposed to memory) is the performative index, shaped more and more by affect, need, and desire as time and distance attenuate the links to authenticity and “truth.” Familial and, indeed, feminine tropes rebuild and reembody a connection that is disappearing, and thus gender becomes a powerful idiom of remembrance in the face of detachment and forgetting” (124)

Aquí tienen el artículo de donde saqué las citas mencionadas arriba: Hirsch Postmemory


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