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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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Utopian Memory

Utopian Memory

(p.34) CHAPTER 2 Utopian Memory
Deleuze and Memorial Culture

Adrian Parr

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter analyses the concept of the so-called utopian memory. It considers the connection between trauma and remembrance, and suggests that we need to begin to address the authenticity conditioning the truth of memory, and that it is in this authenticity that the utopian force of traumatic memory lies. The chapter argues that the work of memory is implicitly utopian, but only if we use it as a utopian promise-machine. It considers Theodor W. Adorno's view on the affectivity of trauma and Gilles Deleuze's description of the intensive fact of the body.

Keywords:   utopian memory, trauma, remembrance, traumatic memory, utopian promise-machine, Theodor W. Adorno, Gilles Deleuze

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