Performing the Past

Memory, History, and Identity in Modern Europe

Edited by Karin Tilmans, Frank van Vree, and Jay M. Winter

Performing the Past

Edited by Karin Tilmans, Frank van Vree, and Jay M. Winter

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

368 pages | 19 color plates, 49 halftones | 6 3/10 x 9 1/2 | © 2010
Paper $63.50 ISBN: 9789089642059 Published July 2010 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Throughout Europe, narratives about the past circulate at a dizzying speed, and producing and selling these narratives is big business. In museums, in cinema and opera houses, in schools, and even on the Internet, Europeans are using the power of performance to craft stories that ultimately define the ways their audiences understand and remember history.

Performing the Past
offers unparalleled insights into the philosophical, literary, musical, and historical frameworks within which the past has entered into the European imagination. The essays in this volume, from such internationally renowned scholars as Reinhart Koselleck, Jan Assmann, Jane Caplan, Marianne Hirsch, Leo Spitzer, Peter Burke, and Alessandro Portelli, investigate various national and disciplinary traditions to explain how Europeans see themselves in the past, in the present, and in the years to come.




1  Introduction
    The performance of the past: memory, history, identity
    Jay Winter


2  Re-framing memory.  Between individual and collective forms of constructing the past
    Aleida Assmann

3  Repetitive structures in language and history
    Reinhart Koselleck

4  Unstuck in time.  Or: the sudden presence of the past
    Chris Lorenz

The Performative Turn

5  Co-memorations. Performing the past
    Peter Burke

6  'Indelible memories.' The tattooed body as theatre of memory
    Jane Caplan

7  Incongruous images. 'Before, during, and after' the Holocaust
    Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer

Radio Clandestina: from oral history to the theater
    Alessandro Portelli

Media and the Arts

9  Music and memory in Mozart's Zauberflöte
Jan Assmann

10  The many afterlives of Ivanhoe
      Ann Rigney

11  Novels and their readers, memories and their social frameworks
      Joep Leerssen

12  Indigestible images. On the ethics and limits of representation
      Frank van Vree

Identity, Politics and the Performance of History

13  'In these days of convulsive political change.'
      Discourse and display in the revolutionary museum, 1793-1815
      Frans Grijzenhout

14  Restitution as a means of remembrance
      Evocation of the recent past in the Czech Republic and in Poland after 1989
      Stanislaw Tyszka

15  European identity and the politics of remembrance
      Chiara Bottici

About the authors
List of illustrations

Review Quotes
Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck College, London

Performing the Past is a dazzling collection of essays by scholars who share a passion for the performative nature of history, memory, and identity. The volume offers refreshing insights for anyone interested in the past.”

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