Genocide Drama and Aﬃ liative Postmemory Staging Peter Weiss’s Th e Investigation aft er the Rwandese Genocide martin mégevand In the mid- 2000s, trailing behind history and sociology by some twenty years, the fi eld of memory studie s progressively began to be inte- grated into literary studies in France. One of the key interests of “memo- rial” and “postmemorial” approaches to literature is an invitation to situ- ate literary works in a broad context of cultural interactions. My approach here takes place within the framework of poetics of contemporary drama enriched by the concepts drawn up by major theorists in the fi eld of “col- lective memory,” whose link to European philology would gain from be- ing reassessed. Ironically enough, indeed, the timespan usually covered by the memory studies canon is rather short, as att ested by two recent- ly published standard works for memory studies: the Collective Memory Reader, which extends back to the works of Edmund Burke, and Astrid Er- ll’s Memory in Culture, which opens with Maurice Halbwachs, legitimate- ly considered the founder of the discipline. Th ese choices, which reduce the scope of memory to the age of modern thought, cannot be taken for
Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Jun 16, 2016
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