The Promise of Memory: Childhood Recollection and Its Objects in Literary Modernism

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Readers once believed in Proust's madeleine and in Wordsworth's recollections of his boyhood--but that was before literary culture began to defer to Freud's questioning of adult memories of childhood. In this first sustained look at childhood memories as depicted in literature, Lorna Martens reveals how much we may have lost by turning our attention the other way. Her work opens a new perspective on early recollection--how it works, why it is valuable, and how shifts in our understanding are reflected in both scientific and ...

The Promise of Memory: Childhood Recollection and Its Objects in Literary Modernism 2011, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass

ISBN-13: 9780674061460

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