[UCP Books]: Memory: Fragments of a Modern History

Now in Paperback

“A deft study of twentieth-century memory controversies.”
Jenny Diski, London Review of Books

Fragments of a Modern History

Alison Winter

Publication date: September 17, 2013 $17.50 • £12.50
International publication date: October 1, 2013   Paper ISBN-13: 978-0-226-08454-1

“A riveting account of the past century of work on the science of memory. . . . Masterful”
“A splendid book. One might even say a memorable book.”
Toronto Globe and Mail
“Impressive. . . . A compelling demonstration that the science of memory—like all science—is both a product of and an influence on the culture from which it springs.”
Our ability to remember is essential to our daily lives, yet how we remember is surprisingly hard to discover. Throughout history, the question of memory has fascinated researchers. Alison Winter shows that in just the past century our understanding of this vital faculty has been transformed several times, each time with major consequences for science, medicine, and everyday life. Memories have been declared as reliable as sounds caught on tape, and they have been dismissed as irredeemably volatile. Investigators have tried to understand what we do when we remember by appealing to motion pictures, filing cabinets, flashbulbs, and computers. Tracing the cultural and scientific fortunes of such contentions, Winter introduces us to the imaginative scientists, venturesome medical practitioners, determined police interrogators, and, in some cases, incorrigible sensation seekers who have tried to bring memory to heel.
Alison Winter is associate professor of history at the University of Chicago and the author of Mesmerized: Powers of Mind in Victorian Britain, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Please contact Levi Stahl at (773) 702-0289 or lstahl@press.uchicago.edu for more information.


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