Memory Boxes

An Experimental Approach to Cultural Transfer in History, 1500-2000

This volume discusses a practical approach to cultural transfer and exchange through the concept of »memory box«. Ideas of displacement, transfer, and cultural memory are explored through case studies from Scotland to Italy and Germany and from Finland and France to the American colonies.

The authors develop an understanding of memory boxes as cultural constructions that are involved in the process of making and disputing memory – but which, simultaneously, are important agents for cultural transfer over space and time. This book emphasises »memory box« as an idea that allows us to study the cultural processes of transfer in conjunction with cultural memory.

Overview Chapters

  1. Frontmatter

    Seiten 1 - 4
  2. Content

    Seiten 5 - 8
  3. Preface

    Seiten 9 - 10
  4. Memory Boxes an Experimental Approach to Cultural Transfer in History, 1500–2000

    Seiten 11 - 20
  5. Topoi as a Memory Box

    Seiten 21 - 26
  6. How to Visualise an Event that is not Representable? The Topos of Massacre in François Dubois' St . Bartholomew's Day Massacre

    Seiten 27 - 54
  7. The Topos of Martyrdom as a Memory Box The Book of Martyrs by John Foxe and the Fresco Cycle at San Tomaso di Canterbury

    Seiten 55 - 78
  8. The Topos of Golden Age in Friedrich Schlegel's Notion of Cultural Transfer from Antiquity to Early Nineteenth- Century Germany

    Seiten 79 - 92
  9. Providence The Making of a Religious-political Memory Box

    Seiten 93 - 108
  10. Personalities as a Memory Box

    Seiten 109 - 112
  11. The Personality of Queen Clotilde in Early Nineteenth-Century France

    Seiten 113 - 130
  12. Henry the Lion – Enrico Leone A Precious Memory Box of the House of Brunswick

    Seiten 131 - 150
  13. Artefacts as a Memory Box

    Seiten 151 - 154
  14. Becoming of a Memory Box: the Kalevala Sung Poetry, Printed Word and National Identity

    Seiten 155 - 176
  15. Encapsulating Visions of Nationhood Finland (1911) as a Memory Box

    Seiten 177 - 194
  16. Diaries, Material Memory Holders Creating a Memory Box

    Seiten 195 - 218
  17. "We wanted a parliament but they gave us a stone" The Coronation Stone of the Scots as a Memory Box in the Twentieth Century

    Seiten 219 - 238
  18. An Epilogue Reflections on Working with the Concept of Memory Box

    Seiten 239 - 240
  19. List of Contributors

    Seiten 241 - 242
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23 June 2014, 242 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-2786-2

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Heta Aali

Heta Aali, University of Turku, Finland

Anna-Leena Perämäki

Anna-Leena Perämäki, University of Turku, Finland

Cathleen Sarti

Cathleen Sarti, Universität Mainz, Deutschland

... with the editors

1. »Books the world doesn't need.« Why is this not the case for your publication?

The world needs our book because it offers fresh points of view to the concept of cultural transfer from an experimental research project. Even a reader who does not know anything about the concepts cultural transfer and memory box will enjoy this book. We discuss a wide range of interesting themes for many researchers focusing on various time periods. The articles of the book have an unique way of approaching the theme and will work as a starting point to further research.

2. Which novel points of view does your publication offer?

The idea of ›memory boxes‹ offers a new approach and way to see and understand cultural transfer through time and space. The authors of the book approach the concept of memory box as a practical research tool, not only as an abstract concept. Therefore, the book offers new tools to study historical and cultural questions on both physical and non-physical objects. The novelty thus lies both in the methodology and in the conceptual level of the work.

3. What is the significance of the subject in current debates?

The concept of cultural transfer is widely debated among historians and cultural researchers. In today's globalisized world it has become crucial to understand the processes behind the exchange of influences, cultural practices and ways of thinking. Our publication gives a new angle to the debate by using the concept of memory box as a practical tool to understand this exchange, not only between different cultures, but also between different periods of time in European history.

4. With whom would you most like to discuss your publication?

With everyone who is interested in cultural history and cultural transfer. Students and researchers of history and cultural studies alike.

5. Your publication in one sentence:

Our book offers an experimental approach to cultural transfer in European history by using the concept of memory box as a research tool.

Book title
Memory Boxes An Experimental Approach to Cultural Transfer in History, 1500-2000
transcript Verlag
kart., Klebebindung, 8 SW-Abbildungen, 3 Farbabbildungen
Commodity Group
HIS054000 HIS010000
Release date
23 June 2014
Kulturgeschichte, Erinnerungskultur
History, Cultural History, Literary Studies
Cultural Transfer, History, Cultural Memory, Cultural Exchange, Memory Culture, Cultural History, European History, Cultural Studies

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