Memory as Colonial Capital

Cross-Cultural Encounters in French and English

  • Erica L. Johnson
  • Éloïse Brezault

Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Éloïse Brezault, Erica L. Johnson
    Pages 1-14
  3. Memory and Memoir

  4. Memory and History

  5. Memory, Nation, and Diaspora

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 199-202

About this book


This volume examines the ways that writers from the Caribbean, Africa, and the U.S. theorize and employ postcolonial memory in ways that expose or challenge colonial narratives of the past, and shows how memory assumes particular forms and values in post/colonial contexts in twenty and twenty-first-century works. The problem of contested memory and colonial history continues to be an urgent and timely issue, as colonial history has served to crush, erase and manipulate collective and individual memories. Indeed, the most powerful mechanism of colonial discourse is that which alters and silences local histories and even individuals’ memories in service to colonial authority. Johnson and Brezault work to contextualize the politics of writing memory in the shadow of colonial history, creating a collection that pioneers a postcolonial turn in cultural memory studies suitable for scholars interested in cultural memory, postcolonial, Francophone and ethnic studies.


memory colonial colonialism postcolonial history collective memory individual memory Francophone ethnic studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Erica L. Johnson
    • 1
  • Éloïse Brezault
    • 2
  1. 1.Pace UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.St. Lawrence UniversityCantonUSA

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