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Deleuze and Memorial CultureDesire, Singular Memory and the Politics of Trauma$
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Adrian Parr

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627547

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627547.001.0001

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(p.181) Conclusion
Deleuze and Memorial Culture

Adrian Parr

Edinburgh University Press

This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on contemporary forms of public remembrance or memorial culture, and explains that memory can be used by the social field in a distinctively non-Oedipal way so that the past is not a blueprint for the future. It argues that in so far as desire is social and collective memory presupposes a social situation, the phenomenon of memorial culture is a configuration and investment of desire. What this means is that collective memory is used to reinforce the past as different to the present, and, in so doing, past, present and future are codified according to their difference from one another, or the distinction between the past and present is confounded.

Keywords:   memorial culture, remembrance, desire, collective memory, social field, non-Oedipal way, social situation

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