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G. Catherine Merridale, ‘Death and memory in modern Russia’, History Workshop Journal 42, Autumn 1996; Heather Goodall, ‘Telling Country: memory, modernity and narratives in rural Australia’, History Workshop Journal 47, Spring 1999). This is a different perspective from that taken by Kerwin Lee Klein in his recent article ‘On the emergence of Memory in historical discourse’, Representations 69, Winter 2000, where he argues that memory has become central to historical discourse: ‘Memory is replacing old favorites—nature, culture, language—as the word most commonly paired with history, and that shift is remaking historical imagination’ (p.
130; and also, he argues, tied problematically to a discourse of the sacred. ), Memory and Methodology), including her own Family Secrets: acts of memory and imagination, London, Verso 1995. Other influential examples are Ronald Fraser, In Search of a Past, London, Verso 1984, and Carolyn Steedman, Landscape for a Good Woman: a story of two lives, London, Virago 1986. For a recent example, see Parita Mukta, Shards of Memory, London, Weidenfeld and Nicholson 2001. 32 See works cited in n. 22 above.
Theatres of Workshop Journal special feature ‘History, nation and the schools’, issues 29 and 30, Memory vol. II, London and New York, Verso 1998. A third area, overlapping these two, where the language of memory and commemoration is extensively appealed to is that of war history more generally. Jay Winter’s Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: the Great War in European cultural history, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press 1995, is a classic example. G. ), The Politics of War Memory and Commemoration, Routledge Studies in Memory and Narrative, London, Routledge 2000.