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Intergenerational transmission of remembrance and representativeness of the past traumatic

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Disciplines
KeywordsTriple Keywords
Self-government
Representative government and representation
Representation
Political representation
Parliamentary government
Memory
Retention (Psychology)
Graphic design (Graphic arts)
Graphic arts
Arts, Graphic
Graphics
Art, Graphic
Western architecture (Western countries)
Buildings--Design and construction
Building design
Architecture
Architecture, Western (Western countries)
Construction
Experience
History
Annals
Evidence
Proof
Stories
Fiction
Fiction--Philosophy
Metafiction
Novels
Novellas (Short novels)
Reflection (Philosophy)
Possibility

Abstract

The contribution proposes a reflection on the literary and artistic representation of the Shoah and its contribution to knowledge and memory. On the basis of the study of several contemporary graphics novel, the issue of the transmission of the Shoah to the younger generations and the role that media narratives have in the collective construction and reworking of the memory of the traumatic past is discussed. There are certain problems with this issue. On the one hand, the historical sense of individuals is weakening, as a result of contemporary processes such as the fragmentation of biographical pathways; spatial and temporal displacement; the presentation of experience. On the other hand, we would point out the difficulty of passing on the past, particularly for Italian society that is poorly able to carry out a self-critical reflection on itself and on the ambiguities of its national history. These problems are linked to the question of the relationship between the construction of memory and evidence, whether direct or mediated. In recent years, the disappearance of Shoah’s witnesses for biographical reasons opens new and complex ways of remembrance, shifting the transmission axis of the past from the side of the living memory to that of cultural memory. This is what Marianne Hirsch described as post-memory, a disitative space in which the opportunity to become aware of the past depends on a process of reprocessing every case from text-mediated stories and images. The analysis of each of these texts covers the entire system of public representation of the past, the universe of images and narratives in which memorial culture takes shape and through which the process of reprocessing collective trauma is carried out.

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