Week One: April 5  Introduction

Please note: April 11: “Rising from the Rubble: Creating POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews” –with Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett Held in Atkinson Auditorium, 5 pm

Week Two: April 12 Study questions

Halbwachs, Maurice. Selection from The Collective MemoryThe Collective Memory Reader. Eds. Jeffrey K. Olick, Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi, Daniel Levy.  Oxford UP, 2011, 139-149. Dropbox

Nora, Pierre. “Between Memory and History: Les Lieux de Mémoire,” Representations 26 (1989): 7-24. Geisel or Dropbox

Tai, Hue-Tam Ho. ‘Remembered Realms: Pierre Nora and French National Memory,’ American Historical Review, 106:3 (2001), pp.906–922.  Geisel or Dropbox

Funkenstein, Amos, “Collective Memory and Historical Consciousness,” History and Memory
Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring - Summer, 1989), pp. 5-26. Geisel library or Dropbox.

"How to Go Public"

The Pedagogy of Memory

Week Three: April 19 

Michael Rothberg, Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization, Stanford UP, 2009.   Hard copy available at reserves. Online through Geisel Library.

Du Bois, W.E.B. The Oxford W.E.B. Du Bois Reader. Ed. Eric J. Sundquist.  OUP: 1996, 469-73.  Dropbox.

Week Four:  April 26 (and Monday, April 23 lecture)

Discussion of Rothberg lecture.

Castelli, Selections from Elizabeth Castelli, Memory and Martyrdom: Early Christian Culture Making

Chapter One (page 31 at the end) Dropbox

Chapter Six: Dropbox


Week Five:  May 3

Read The Book of Margery Kempe. Bale translation at bookstore. Free ME version.

Introduction and Carruthers essay in Schwarz and Radstone, Memory: histories, theories, debates. Fordham UP, 2010.  Online through Geisel Library.

Introduction to Geary, Patrick, Phantoms of remembrance : memory and oblivion at the end of the first millennium.  Princeton UP, 1994. Online through Geisel Library.  

Week Six:  May 10

Selection from Meditations on the Life of Christ (Dropbox)

Arvay, Susan, “Private Passions: The Contemplation of Suffering in Medieval Affective Devotions, Rutgers, 2008.  Intro and Chapters 1 and 2 in Dropbox.

Brad Herzog, “Portrait of a Holy Life: Mnemonic Inventiveness in The Book of Margery Kempe” in Margaret Cotter-Lynch and Brad Herzog, Reading Memory and Identity in the Texts of Medieval European Holy Women, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012, 211-233 (Dropbox; last chapter)

Wharton, Annabelle.  Selling Jerusalem: Relics, Replicas, Theme Parks.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006. 1-48.  In Dropbox.

Yoshikawa, Naoë Kukita. “The Jerusalem Pilgrimage: The Centre of the Structure of the Book of Margery Kempe,” English Studies (2005) 86:3: 193-205. (On reserve and available through Geisel)

Halbwachs, Maurice. “The Legendary Topography of the Gospels in the Holy Land” in On Collective Memory, ed., translated and with an introduction by Lewis A. Coser.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992. 193-235.  In Dropbox


Wynkyn de Worde's Kempe

Kempe's Inner Voices

Kempe’s pilgrimages

Women's Literary Culture

Week Seven: May 17

Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War. Harvard UP, 2016. Bookstore and Geisel hard copy reserve.


Week Eight: May 24 Modern traditions of memorial culture

Hoskins, Andrew, “The Restless Past: An Introduction to Digital Memory and Media,” Digital Media Studies: Media Pasts in Transition, eds. Hoskins, Routledge, 2017.  Online through Geisel.

Erll, Astrid, “Travelling Memory,” parallax, 2011, vol. 17, no. 4, 4–18. Available through Geisel and Dropbox

Hidalgo, Jacqueline. “California Dreams or Colonial Nightmares? St. Serra, the Missions, and the Borderlands of Memory,” NTR 30 (2017): 11-23.   Dropbox

Additional readings will be based on seminar participant interest.

Week Nine May 31: Modern traditions of memorial culture

AfD and Stolpersteine

Vanishing Stolpersteine

Week Ten June 7:
Final reports