Theatres of Memory
Past and Present in Contemporary Culture
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In this remarkable book, Samuel looks at the many different ways we use the ‘unofficial knowledge’ of the past. Considering such varied areas as the fashion for “retrofitting,” 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.
Praise For Theatres of Memory: Past and Present in Contemporary Culture…
“A brilliant and compelling historical vision.”—Jonathan Clark, The Times
“An alluring, hugely energetic writer ... Samuel is invaluable.”—Fiona MacCarthy, Observer
“Challenging, perceptive and gloriously eclectic.”—David Robinson, The Scotsman
“Magnificent.”—David Edgar, Independent on Sunday
“A showcase for Samuel’s quite astonishing historical and cultural range.”—Stefan Collini, Times Literary Supplement
“One of the most outstanding, original intellectuals of his generation.”—Stuart Hall
Verso, 9781844678693, 508pp.
Publication Date: September 11, 2012