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Description - Memory and Utopia by Luisa Passerini

This book is composed of two parts. The first comprises chapters 1) on the connection between memory and forgetfulness in Europe during the twentieth century, 2) on women's experience of becoming recognized as full subjects in the time of the crisis and "death" of the so-called universal subject, and 3) on the conjugation between utopia and desire in the 1968 movements of students, women and workers. Oral history, feminist theory and practice and the history of the new social movements are the disciplinary fields in which these chapters are situated and from which they interpret the past. The second part is resolutely concerned with the present, and particularly with the sense of belonging to Europe that has emerged in the last 15-20 years among the generations of 1968. The new types of European identification do not conflict with self-recognitions based on gender, age and cultural belonging. On the contrary, all these attributes combine in characterising a subjectivity that is no longer hierarchical and exclusive. One can feel, as Derrida has written, European "among other things". Thus, one can recognize herself as a woman, as a black, as a Muslim, as well as a European, if she wishes to do so. The theme of inter-subjectivity connects all the topics of the book, in the sense that subjectivity, memory and utopia are understood as relationships between human subjects, for what concerns both their genesis and their persistence.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781845530266
ISBN-10: 1845530268
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Equinox Publishing Ltd
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Luisa Passerini

Luisa Passerini, recipient of the 2002-2004 Research Prize of the Land of Nordrhein-Westfalen, is Director of the research group "Europe: Emotions, Identities, Politics" at the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut, Essen, Professor of Cultural History at the University of Turin and External Professor of History of the Twentieth Century at the European University Institut, Florence. Among her recent publications are Europe in Love, Love in Europe: Imagination and Politics in Britain between the Wars (IB Tauris, London 1999 and New York Univeristy Press, 2000), Memoria e utopia: Il primato dell'intersoggettivita (Bollati-Boringhieri, Torino 2003) and Figures d'Europe: Images and Myths of Europe (Peter Lang-Presses Inter-universitaries Europeennes, Bruxelles 2003).

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