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The Ghost in the Constitution

Historical Memory and Denial in Spanish Society. Contemporary Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures 15

By (author) Joan Ramon Resina
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Published: 30th Jun 2017
Dimensions: w 163mm h 239mm
ISBN-10: 1786940221
ISBN-13: 9781786940223
Barcode No: 9781786940223
The Ghost in the Constitution offers a reflection on the political use of the concept of historical memory foregrounding the case of Spain. The book analyses the philosophical implications of the transference of the notion of memory from the individual consciousness to the collective subject and considers the conflation of epistemology with ethics. A subtheme is the origins and transmission of political violence, and its endurance in the form of symbolic violence and "negationism" in the post-Franco era. Some chapters treat of specific "traumatic" phenomena such as the bombing of Guernica and the Holocaust.

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'Intellectually engaging, thoughtful, coherent, and logically developed. Resina writes with an elegance of style uncommon among scholars ...the most apt synthesis and expansion of ideas on memory and latency that I have read in recent years.'

David Herzberger, University of California Riverside