Memory in the Twenty-First Century

Memory in the Twenty-First Century: New Critical Perspectives from the Arts, Humanities and Sciences maps and analyses the changing state of memory at the start of the twenty-first century in essays written by scientists, scholars and writers. It recontextualises memory by investigating the impact of new conditions such as the digital revolution, climate change and an ageing population on our world.

“As teacher, writer and editor, Sebastian Groes is one of the most interesting figures of his generation. His project, it seems, is to restore English studies (still languishing after its long dalliance with ‘theory’) to a central role in our intellectual culture. To achieve this he has drawn widely from other disciplines including the cognitive sciences. He has enlisted poets, novelists, psychologists, neuroscientists and philosophers to his cause. He has brilliantly enlivened and widened that contested space where science and the humanities meet. Memory and consciousness have always been the lifeblood of literary expression; in the past thirty years they have become subjects of scientific enquiry. Groes’s passion for both modes of exploration has resulted in this superb collection of essays.” — Ian McEwan, Booker Prize-winning author of Enduring LoveAtonement and The Children Act
Memory in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Sebastian Groes, is a remarkable achievement. Bringing together an interdisciplinary mix of scientists, cultural critics, philosophers, writers and literary critics, it ranges across a diverse set of topics, including memory as metaphor, anticipation, ecology, subjectivity and even memory’s seeming antithesis, forgetting. Readers will find an equally rich range of references, including novels, films, poems and art works, in addition to what seems like the entire scholarly repertoire of works on, about, and relating to memory across the centuries in Western culture.” — N. Katherine Hayles, Professor of Literature and Director of Graduate Studies, Literature Program, Duke University, USA