Communicating Memory & History

Edited by Nicole Maurantonio, David W. Park

Not available to order

Publication date:

28 December 2018

Length of book:

282 pages


Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers



ISBN-13: 9781433145568

Communicating Memory & History takes as its mission the job of giving communication history its full due in the study of memory. Taking three keywords—communication, history, and memory—representing related, albeit at times hostile, fields of inquiry as its point of departure, this book asks how the interdisciplinary field of memory studies can be productively expanded through the work of communication historians. Across the chapters of this book, contributors employ methods ranging from textual analysis to reception studies to prompt larger questions about how the past can be alternately understood, contested, and circulated.

Communicating Memory & History is ideal for teaching, including case studies that elaborate different ways to approach issues in memory studies. While some foundational knowledge would be useful, it is possible to use the text without extensive knowledge of the literature. This book is of particular interest to professors, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students of communication and media studies, as well as scholars and students in cultural studies, history, and sociology—disciplines where one finds steady consideration of issues related to communication, communication history, and memory.

“This collection of essays is essential reading for those interested in communication, memory, and history. Bringing together an impressive list of international authors from all ranks of academic life, Communicating Memory & History provides fresh takes on issues related to time and space, narrative construction, materiality/embodiment, and audience reception. The editors convincingly argue that we need to become much better at uncovering the historical roots of our contemporary mediated social lives, since all social questions, deep at heart, are historical.” —Julia Sonnevend, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Communications at the New School for Social Research