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Margins of memory; Margins and memory


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‘A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen’ Edward de Bono
‘Unless we remember we cannot understand’ E M Forster

To the ancient Greeks, Mnemosyne or Memory was the mother of the muses. To some extent memory remains the most significant faculty of most artists. Yet we live
in a society where memory-challenging disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease, degenerate older brains almost as quickly as medicine is prolonging older bodies.
Starting with an examination of the myth of the mother of the muses, this paper will compare that with contemporary metaphors of the nature and function of memory. It will go on to consider ageing writers and memory loss. What falls away? What remains? Finally, it will discuss how memory is portrayed in the poetry of Janet Frame who was herself marginalised by mainstream New Zealand society.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Conference held 26-28 November, 2009, in Hamilton, New Zealand
Uncontrolled Keywords: creative writing, memory, Janet Frame
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
Divisions: Schools > School of Media Arts
Depositing User: Gail Pittaway
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2012 22:19
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 02:51

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