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date: 13 November 2019

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This chapter considers the paradoxical relation between postcolonial studies and cultural memory studies. Although the category of memory does not often figure in the classic texts of postcolonial studies, concerns with the cultural and political legacies of the past in the present—the very terrain of memory studies—have been fundamental to postcolonial approaches. Conversely, memory studies has largely avoided the issues of colonialism and its legacies, both in its founding texts and many of its more recent assessments. This chapter attempts both to explain the missed encounter that attended the formation of the fields of memory studies and postcolonial studies and to map out productive sites of overlap between them, as they grow increasingly proximate to each other. It also suggests the usefulness of a media studies approach to remembrance and ends by recommending a ‘multidirectional’ model attuned to the transnational and transcultural politics of memory.

Keywords: Cultural memory, postcolonial studies, media studies, Algerian War of Independence, Jamaica Kincaid

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