Realms of Memory: The Construction of the French Past

TitleRealms of Memory: The Construction of the French Past
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1998
Series EditorNora, Pierre
Tertiary AuthorsKritzman, Lawrence D.
TranslatorGoldhammer, Arthur
Number of Volumes3
Number of Pages751
PublisherColumbia University Press
CityNew York

Archives, monuments, celebrations:there are not merely the recollections of memory but also the foundations of history. Symbols, the third and final volume in Pierre Nora's monumental Realms of Memory, includes groundbreaking discussions of the emblems of France's past by some of the nation's most distinguished intellectuals. The seventeen essays in this book consider such diverse "sites" of memory as the figures of Joan D'Arc and Decartes, the national motto of "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity", the tricolor flag and the French language itself. Pierre Nora's closing essay on commemoration provides a culminating overview of the series. Offering a new approach on history, culture, French studies and the studies of symbols, Realms of Memory reveals how the myriad meanings we attach to places and events constitute our sense of history.


Original PublicationLieux de mémoire (Paris: Gallimard, 1986).
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