Memory and Enlightenment

Cultural Afterlives of the Long Eighteenth Century

  • James Ward

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. James Ward
    Pages 1-32
  3. James Ward
    Pages 33-76
  4. James Ward
    Pages 117-147
  5. James Ward
    Pages 223-226
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 227-251

About this book


This book illuminates how the ‘long eighteenth century’ (1660-1800) persists in our present through screen and performance media, writing and visual art. Tracing the afterlives of the period from the 1980s to the present, it argues that these emerging and changing forms stage the period as a point of origin for the grounding of individual identity in personal memory, and as a site of foundational traumas that shape cultural memory. 


Memorialisation Long Eighteenth Century Visual Art Neo-Victorian Cultural Narratives 18th Century Neo-Historical Nostalgia Traumatic Memory Colonialism historical fiction

Authors and affiliations

  • James Ward
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Arts and HumanitiesUlster UniversityColeraine, Northern IrelandUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-96709-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-96710-3
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