Historical Memory and Ethnic Myths

  • Cindy ZeiherEmail author
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The tracking of historical events and memory serve as affective pivots for myth to be cultivated and to thrive throughout generations. From a Freudian perspective, this chapter tracks selected traumatic events such as the Holocaust, and discusses how the historicizing process operates in order for us to have a coherent memory of the past, even of our recent past, through invoking repetitious patterns. Also discussed is the notion of recognized authority, who in speaking to the past, is able to pinpoint particular historical agitations and witnesses in order to write a logical history from which myths emanate.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand

Section editors and affiliations

  • Steven Ratuva
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  1. 1.Department of Anthropology and SociologyUniversity of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand
  2. 2.Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific StudiesUniversity of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand

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