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Acts of Rememory in Oceania

Acts of Rememory in Oceania SUDESH MISHRA This paper is concerned not with the work of memory, but with rememory, which alters the order of “looking at” while “looking through” some aspect of the same event. Rememory pertains to a variant memory of the past and opens up a vista into a variant memory of the future. The neologism “rememory” was originally coined by Toni Morrison in the novel, Beloved, to refer to any memory persisting in some guise or form, yet existing ontologically outside the subject within whom it is invested (1988, 35-6). For Morrison’s character, Seth, the picture of a place exists as a memorized facticity even when the material place ceases to exist: I was talking about time. It’s so hard for me to believe in it. Some things go. Pass on. Some things just stay. I used to think it was my rememory. You know. Some things you forget. Other things you never do. But it’s not. Places, places are still there. If a house burns down, it’s gone, but the place—the picture of it—stays, and not just in my rememory, but out there, in the world. What I remember is a picture fl oating around out there outside my http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png symploke University of Nebraska Press

Acts of Rememory in Oceania

symploke , Volume 26 (1) – Nov 28, 2018

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SUDESH MISHRA This paper is concerned not with the work of memory, but with rememory, which alters the order of “looking at” while “looking through” some aspect of the same event. Rememory pertains to a variant memory of the past and opens up a vista into a variant memory of the future. The neologism “rememory” was originally coined by Toni Morrison in the novel, Beloved, to refer to any memory persisting in some guise or form, yet existing ontologically outside the subject within whom it is invested (1988, 35-6). For Morrison’s character, Seth, the picture of a place exists as a memorized facticity even when the material place ceases to exist: I was talking about time. It’s so hard for me to believe in it. Some things go. Pass on. Some things just stay. I used to think it was my rememory. You know. Some things you forget. Other things you never do. But it’s not. Places, places are still there. If a house burns down, it’s gone, but the place—the picture of it—stays, and not just in my rememory, but out there, in the world. What I remember is a picture fl oating around out there outside my

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Published: Nov 28, 2018

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