This volume deals with the inherent relation between literary genres and cultural memory. Indeed, generic repertoires may be regarded as bodies of shared knowledge (a sort of ‘encyclopaedia' or 'museum' of stocked culture) and have played and still play an important role in absorbing and activating that memory. The contributors have focused on some specific memory-linked genres that prove especially relevant in remembering and transforming past experiences, i.e. the (post)modern historical novel and various forms of (post)modern autobiographical writing. They deal with such renowned authors as Carlos Fuentes, Vargas Llosa, Umberto Eco, Antonio Tabucchi, John Barth, Julian Barnes, Michel Butor, Nathalie Sarraute, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Claude Simon, Georges Perec and Marguerite Yourcenar. The volume, thus, constitutes an attractive and representative sample of (post)modern forms of rewriting and problematizing individual and collective pasts.

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Biographical Note

Hendrik van Gorp is Professor of General and Comparative Literature at the University of Leuven, Belgium. Ulla Musarra is Professor of General and Comparative Literature at the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Table of contents

H. van GORP & U. MUSARRA-SCHROEDER: Introduction I: HISTORICAL NOVEL WRITING, POETRY AND DRAMA O. STEIMBERG DE KAPLAN: Le roman historique H. HENDRIX: Historiographical anecdotes as depositories and vehicles of cultural memory Z.I. SIAFLEKIS: La mémoire déformatrice A. JOHNS: Remembering the Future J. PRUNGNAUD: Roman gothique et renouveau esthétique au tournant du XVIIIe siècle en Grande-Bretagne et en France A.R. DURKIN: Pushkin among the Edwardians M. CHARLES: Reassessing Novelistic Realism D.H. STEENBERG: The Rural Novel as Cultural Memory P.L. MOREAU: Le roman naturaliste argentin, mémoire d’une fin de siècle et de la recherche faussée d’une identité culturelle G. FRÉRIS: Roman de guerre et mémoire collective B. TURNER: Contemporary engagements with the ‘conte philosophique’ S. KLEINERT: La construction de la mémoire dans le nouveau roman historique et la métafiction historiographique des littératures romanes M. JANSEN: History as a Peripheral Event? J. NOVAKOVIC: Le genre romanesque et l’histoire L. NAS: ‘On with the Story’ V.L. BAHIENSE: Georges Perec: Continuité et discontinuité de la mémoire culturelle S. KISS: Mémoire culturelle et coexistence de traditions M. MARTINEZ: Lyric-Keeper of the Past D.R. GAMBLE: Proverbe and Madrigal C. DESBLACHES: Memory and Innovation in the Poems of E.E. Cummings and W.C. Williams M.L. BERWANGER DA SILVA: La poésie brésilienne et la langue de l’autre J. SESSA: La comédie européenne comme dépositaire de la mémoire culturelle Sung-won CHO: The Arts of Social Integration M.J. BRILHANTE: ‘L’entremez’ au XVIIIe siècle A. CAMPS: Genre and New Culturalism B. MERTZ-BAUMGARTNER: Le monologue québécois-miroir d’une société en conflit ou Comment raconter ‘la petite histoire d’un peuple’ II: AUTOBIOGRAPHY, JOURNAL INTIME, AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL WRITING, BIOGRAPHY, FAIRY TALE, FOLKTALE, MYTH J. den TOONDER: Le rôle de la mémoire dans l’écriture autobiographique E. ROSA DA SILVA: Antimémoires F. SIDDELL: Mario Rigoni Stern: Memorialism as a Documentation of Culture J. LIS: Lecture et imitation-le journal personnel et la problématique de la mémoire culturelle M. DE ASSUNÇAO MORAIS MONTEIRO: Le journal de Miguel Torgas-un reflet du monde en fin de siècle M. CZERMIŃSKA: Autobiographical writings as Stories about the Double M. VAUTIER: Memory, writing and ‘identity’/’identitaire’ N. INAGAKI: Naissance du roman ‘autobiographique’ japonais J. THIEM: Cultural Memory in the Novel of Biographical Quest T. DRUMMOND: Toward a Theory of Biographical Text R. GHESQUIERE: Looking Back H. VAN COLLER: The Representation of Youth in Recent Afrikaans Literature M. BLAZIC: Children’s Composition S.L. BECKETT: Once upon a Time… Today S. HALPERIN: From Didactic Folk-Tale to Ingenious Art J. SZILI: Genre as Displacement Seung-Eok HAN: La mémoire impérissable de la littérature du Zen et du Tao E. FLORES DE MOLINELLO: Myth as a Key to History in two Argentine Electras H. CARVALHÃO BUESCU: Hommes, machines et maladies