Landscape and memory

Authored by: Sarah De Nardi , Danielle Drozdzewski

The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138720312
eBook ISBN: 9781315195063
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Connections between landscape and memory are well documented (Schama 1995; Lowenthal 1985; Atkinson and Cosgrove 1998), and have been the subject of sustained enquiry in the humanities and social sciences. In pondering our contribution on landscape and memory, we employ a spatial focus and examine the role of place in understandings of memory and landscape. The chapter is structured around what we consider three primary modes of thinking about and reading memory and landscape: (1) representational approaches to memory, or modes of reading memory landscapes; (2) the politics of memory representations and landscape choice; and (3) non-representational frames for thinking through non-material memory traces (for more on the latter, see Waterton, this volume). While much recent memory research has operationalised the latter mode of thinking (ours included, see, for example, Drozdzewski et al. 2016) and focused on non-representation, affect and encounter, we have pursued a more inclusive approach here to highlight multiple ways of understanding landscape and memory. In our own research, each ‘mode of thinking’ has proven useful for exploring the thought-provoking relationships between landscape and memory.

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