The Guardians of Memory and the Return of the Xenophobic Right
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Author : Valentina Pisanty
Translator: Alaistar McEwan
Title : The Guardians of Memory and the Return of the Xenophobic Right
Year : 2021
Series : Memoirs
Paperback – ISBN 978-1-941046-32-6
Ebook – ISBN 978-1-941046-33-3
Publication date: January 10th, 2021.
In the concise chapters of this extended essay, Pisanty tracks the weaknesses of the dominant memory culture across a series of domains of public culture. She takes aim at the sacralization and fetishization of witness testimony, the rigid structures of collective memory, the banality of “Holocaust tourism,” the stereotypical formats of popular film, and the punitive legal culture of memory laws. One of the most salient features of that paradigm is its structuring opposition between victims and perpetrators, which Pisanty calls the “familiar schema persecuted vs. persecutor.”
From the preface by Michael Rothberg.