Cultural memory and early civilization : writing, remembrance, and political imagination

Jan Assmann

Now available to an English-speaking audience, this book presents a groundbreaking theoretical analysis of memory, identity and culture. It investigates how cultures remember, arguing that human memory exists and is communicated in two ways, namely inter-human interaction and in external systems of notation, such as writing, which can span generations. Dr Assmann defines two theoretical concepts of cultural memory, differentiating between the long-term memory of societies, which can span up to 3,000 years, and communicative memory, which is typically restricted to 80 to 100 years. He applies this theoretical framework to case studies of four specific cultures, illustrating the function contexts and specific achievements, including the state, international law, religion and science. Ultimately, his research demonstrates that memory is not simply a means of retaining information, but rather a force that can shape cultural identity and allow cultures to respond creatively to both daily challenges and catastrophic changes.

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Now available to an English-speaking audience, this book presents a groundbreaking theoretical analysis of memory, identity and culture. It investigates how cultures remember, arguing that human memory exists and is communicated in two ways, namely inter-human interaction and in external systems of notation, such as writing, which can span generations. Dr Assmann defines two theoretical concepts of cultural memory, differentiating between the long-term memory of societies, which can span up to 3,000 years, and communicative memory, which is typically restricted to 80 to 100 years. He applies this theoretical framework to case studies of four specific cultures, illustrating the function contexts and specific achievements, including the state, international law, religion and science. Ultimately, his research demonstrates that memory is not simply a means of retaining information, but rather a force that can shape cultural identity and allow cultures to respond creatively to both daily challenges and catastrophic changes.

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[目次]

  • Introduction
  • Part I. The Theoretical Basis: 1. Memory culture
  • 2. Written culture
  • 3. Cultural identity and political imagination
  • Part II. Case Studies: 4. Egypt
  • 5. Israel and the invention of religion
  • 6. The birth of history from the spirit of the law
  • 7. Greece and disciplined thinking
  • Cultural memory: a summary.

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[目次]

  • Introduction
  • Part I. The Theoretical Basis: 1. Memory culture
  • 2. Written culture
  • 3. Cultural identity and political imagination
  • Part II. Case Studies: 4. Egypt
  • 5. Israel and the invention of religion
  • 6. The birth of history from the spirit of the law
  • 7. Greece and disciplined thinking
  • Cultural memory: a summary.

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書名 Cultural memory and early civilization : writing, remembrance, and political imagination
著作者等 Assmann, Jan
Assman Jan
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 2011
ページ数 xii, 319 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 9780521188029
9780521763813
NCID BB08121291
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言語 英語
原文言語 ドイツ語
出版国 イギリス
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