Zones of Re-membering

Time, Memory, and (un)Consciousness


Don Gifford in Zones of Re-membering shows clearly, thoughtfully, yet entertainingly how no one explanation will account for the depth and complexity of human experience and its grounding in Memory. Because consciousness is a function of Memory, “life without Memory is no life at all” as Alzheimer’s all too frequently demonstrates. Both our individual and collective Memory is stored in the arts, he contends, which in turn provide a way of knowing and of nourishing Memory and consciousness. Memory, like language, is never really stable or accurate but appears as narrative and these narratives collectively form our entire culture. For Gifford, the profoundest explorer of the human consciousness, time, and memory is James Joyce and in its range of reference, wit, and humanity the spirit of Joyce permeates this book.
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Review Quote

"A remarkable and provocative set of essays circling Gifford’s obsessions..." – Neil Easterbrook, Texas Christian University

Table of contents

Preface Acknowledgments Robert Adolph: Introduction: Assaulting “Newton’s Sleep” Time, Memory, and Consciousness Zones of Re-membering Ancient Greeks and Aboriginal Australians Doing Memory and Doing Language The Intertwining of Language and Memory The Sign Stream of Our Histories Memory and the Self Art as a Way of Knowing Time, Memory, and the Unconscious The Imitation of Dream in Literature A Chip on His Shoulder or One for the James Joyce Centennial Works Cited About the Author and Editor Index