You fell asleep briefly while you were writing and dreamed you were making out with James Monroe, the fifth president and arbiter of the Monroe Doctrine. Clue 2: I am writing this to you from the attic at the little circular window, you know the one, at the east end of the house, where the ceiling almost meets the floor. The Green Mountains have just recently turned green again after a freakish late-spring dump of wet, sloppy snow, and you can just barely see Puppy in the early dark, doing his morning laps up and down the side of our slope in his pointless, happy Puppy way.
Sounds like the chickens need to be fed. You are me, Samantha Agatha McCoy, in the not-so-distant future. At first just a little, and then a lot. I have a natural ability to overwrite. For one, the paper on The Poisonwood Bible was supposed to be five pages and turned out to be ten. How can you forget a thing with this handy document for reference? Consider this your encyclopedia entry. No, consider this your dictionary. Samantha proper noun, name : The name Samantha is an American name, and a Hebrew name. She looks like a more tired version of Oprah, and with the exception of Senator Elizabeth Warren, she is your hero.
Anyway, I was sitting in Mrs. Me, on a carpeted block that was supposed to be a cool, modern version of a chair but is really just a block. T: What is it, Neeber Pickens? Is this a joke? I had to laugh in spite of her face scrunching up, still reading. Townsend takes her eyes off the computer, her mouth hanging open. Me: Two months ago, initially.
But yeah, I have it for sure. What I do know, which I forgot to tell Mrs. Townsend sorry, Mrs. T , is that people my age who exhibit symptoms without having it when they were younger are extremely rare. I asked if this was good or bad. T: Oh my god. Yes, but. How are your parents handling this? Do you need to go home? T throwing up her hands : And you told me this by asking for an extension on your AP Lit paper? I can call Ms. Cigler right now. Yes, I guess it is serious. The buildup gets in the way of cognition, motor function, memory, metabolism—the works. But all of that is nothing compared to losing my memory.
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Or erotic fan fiction. Or something like that. Let me tell you the story:. Once upon a time, Future Sam, you were fourteen, and you were tremendously unpopular still true and felt alienated and like there was not a place for you in high school. Stated simply: You cared more for the fate of Middle Earth than actual Earth. Then your mom forced you to join a club, and debate team was the first table at the club fair. I wish it were more epic than that. Anyway, everything changed. The brain you used to employ memorizing species of aliens you used instead to memorize human thought, events, ways of thinking that connected your tiny house tucked in the mountains to a huge timeline, one just as full of injustice and triumph and greed as the stories you craved, but one that was real.
Plus, you were good at it. After all those years of devouring books, you could glance at a passage and repeat it verbatim ten minutes later. It gave you hope that you could be yourself and still be part of the real world. It made you feel cool despite still being unpopular. So yeah, ever since then, I have counted myself proudly among the people who roam the halls of high schools on a weekend, talking to themselves at a million miles an hour about social justice issues. Yes, the weirdos who decide it might be a fun idea to read an entire Internet search yielding thousands of articles on Roe v.
Wade and recite them in intervals at a podium across from another person in a battle to the rhetorical death. The ones who think they are teenage lawyers, the ones who wear business suits. I love it. Before this happened, my memory was my golden ticket. My ability to memorize things got me scholarships. This is, like, inconceivable to me. Initial findings indicate that the memory of defeat and martyrdom has played a particular role in mobilising support for fresh demonstrations. Manuel Castells has argued in Networks of Outrage and Hope that outrage regarding past injustice and hope regarding the future make a powerful combination.
The concept of outrage is closely linked to the idea of trauma in the sense that both are responses to injustice. Yet, outrage again frames injustice differently by making reaction more salient than the recognition of suffering as such. As I have shown with reference to the global afterlife of Bloody Sunday, massacres of peaceful demonstrators have a high degree of memorability because they melodramatically encapsulate, often in the form of iconic photographs, a structural tension between hope in the possibility of change, on one hand, and outrage at its foreclosure through state violence, on the other Rigney, In what follows, I explore further the interaction between hope and outrage with reference to an event whose concatenating remembrance has already been mentioned: the Paris Commune of The Paris Commune began on 18 March and collapsed on 28 May of the same year, after its violent repression by government forces in the final semaine sanglante that left an estimated 17, Parisians dead, thousands deported to New Caledonia and thousands more in exile.
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Important studies have been made of the attempts on the part of opponents of the Commune to define its legacy in terms of horror, with photographs of Paris in ruins presented as the ultimate outcome of anarchy and revolution see especially Bos, ; Coghlan, ; Wilson,  As time passed, the stewardship of the memory of the Commune fell to the various groups socialist, anarchist, communist who actively identified with it and whose interest was served by keeping the story alive as a counter-memory.
Much more could be said about the ways in which different groups have sought to shape the meaning of the Commune by reinterpreting and appropriating it from different geopolitical perspectives. For the purposes of the present argument, however, I want to ponder a general trend: the fact that in its long-term remembrance if not in its immediate aftermath the Commune has been a subject for celebration.
But it is not the only tradition. Despite the Commune having involved such terrible bloodshed, it has been recalled as something positive by those invested in its memory. How to explain the fact that an event which ended in violent repression nevertheless left a hopeful memory rather than a traumatic one? Counterintuitively in view of the violence it unleashed, the Commune became something to be celebrated rather than mourned. This view was articulated most polemically in the 14 theses Sur la Commune , signed on 18 March by the Situationist International to coincide with the anniversary of the start of the insurgency, and later published in the final issue of the Internationale Situationniste Debord et al.
The Situationists conceded that the Commune had been a massive failure in terms of its practical outcome. Theoreticians who examine the history of this movement from a divinely omniscient viewpoint like that found in classical novels can easily demonstrate that the Commune was objectively doomed to failure and could not have been successfully consummated. By breaking loose from the continuum of events, they acquire the potential to become retrospectively the beginning of a different history Benjamin,  They are memorable in themselves and not because of what happened later.
This mode of recollection challenges one of the central assumptions in memory studies: that memory is transmitted through narrative, the meaning of which is constituted by the ending rather than by the beginning Kermode, The result is a counter-narrativist memory. All of this was crucially linked to the idea that the Commune was festive and that the most appropriate way to remember it was through a party. Attention also needs to be paid to the modes of transmission of its memory: how the hope it mobilised was carried over in the years after As Ross notes in passing, but without providing much detail, the Commune was remembered by its supporters in a predominantly celebratory mode pp.
More recent studies have mapped the extent and nature of these celebrations, showing how in the decades after , a vibrant commemorative culture emerged in which the beginning of the Commune was annually celebrated on 18 March see especially Bos, ; Coghlan, But the transnational distribution of the celebrations is especially remarkable, even as it begs the question of whether distance from the violence of might not have helped enhance the imaginative charge of events in Paris for those located elsewhere. These annual Commune celebrations did not happen in isolation, but should be seen as part of the larger culture of commemoration, signalled earlier with reference to The Commonweal , in which activist memory was kept alive by groups committed to intersecting causes and with a strong sense of international solidarity.
In the first decades after , celebrations of the Commune generally took the form of meetings, with speeches commemorating the Communards, but also music, eating, communal singing, games and dancing. Bos describes the celebration in Chicago in as involving a mass picnic at the lake, shooting competitions, lots of beer and music p. They brought together in emergent social frameworks local activists and foreigners from different countries whose political beliefs had driven them into exile. Those exiles included Communards, most notably Louise Michel, who attended various meetings as the living embodiment of the continuity between and the present moment Bos, : — In , the anarchist Peter Kropotkin evoked the sense of connectedness generated by such occasions:.
Kropotkin, : n. Using communal pleasure as a carrier of memory was not unique to the commemoration of the Commune. Ever since the first anniversary of the Taking of the Bastille, commemorative festivals had been an important feature of the revolutionary tradition Ozouf, , and communal banquets had also been a prominent feature of across Europe Goldstein, ; also Roberts, The importance of conviviality to these movements illustrates the pleasure of politics Hamilton, : at such moments, social harmony is not just an abstract ideal but a lived experience. The celebrations of Burns and the Commune were also similar in combining embodied co-presence with the sense of being part of a transnational community.
Reflecting the multiscalarity of memory production De Cesari and Rigney, , embodied conviviality worked together with mediatised networking. Telegrams were regularly exchanged as a way of confirming the sense that like-minded spirits were celebrating the same thing at the same time, but at multiple locations:.
The working-men the civilised world over have been this week celebrating the Paris Commune. Commonweal , 24 March In a temporal overlay, these celebrations were thus pleasurable in themselves, commemorative of earlier moments and a hopeful prefiguration of future reiterations. This survival was not at a grand scale, to be sure, but was no less significant for its being carried, and hence reinvigorated, in the conviviality of small groups of activists.
As my analysis has shown, the fact of loss and of bloodshed did not in itself dictate the memory of the Commune. This was the outcome, not only of what happened between March and May , but of the cultural practices used in its transmission and the affective investment of those doing the remembering. In this case, the act of remembrance itself worked as counter-history. This case study will need to be expanded with reference to other cases and, more generally, to the historical interplay between commemoration and activism.
This understanding of hope differs from that of Baer and Sznaider , who emphasise not the possibiity of a potential being realised, but the possibility of a negative condition being averted. Traverso both claims that the memory of struggle was definitively destroyed in and dialectically challenges this claim by the work of recuperating left-wing memory, especially the work of Benjamin, which his own book performs.
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Days of the Commune was directed as street theatre by Zoe Beloff, recordings of which were later made available on vimeo www. Among social movement scholars too, there is a growing interest in cultural memory with a specific concern with its impact on collective action: see Anton, ; Doerr, ; Harris, Estimates of the death toll for the semaine sanglante have varied; the current consensus puts it at 17, Merriman, : This may reflect a general principle in the politics of memory since a similar pattern has been noticed in the case of the Suffragettes: it is the view of themselves they promoted, and not that of their opponents, which ultimately prevailed in cultural memory; see Ongersma, MaiMemoire-de-la-Commune accessed 18 June ; regarding see especially Coghlan : 1— In Amsterdam in , the annual commemoration was used to express support for blacks persecuted in Alabama; in later years, for solidarity with anti-colonial movements in Indonesia; see Bos : — As late as a multimedial pageant of the Paris Commune was organised in New York; Coghlan : — ; for comparable events, see also Streeby On touch, see Bos : Letter by Eleanor Marx, 17 March , quoted in Bos : — National Center for Biotechnology Information , U.
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Ann Rigney. Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer. Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Email: ln. Abstract This article argues for the need for memory studies to go beyond its present focus on traumatic memories and to develop analytical tools for capturing the cultural transmission of positivity and the commitment to particular values. Keywords: Commune, conviviality, counter-narrativist remembrance, multiscalarity, social movements, civic memory. Celebrating the commune The Paris Commune began on 18 March and collapsed on 28 May of the same year, after its violent repression by government forces in the final semaine sanglante that left an estimated 17, Parisians dead, thousands deported to New Caledonia and thousands more in exile.
Nevertheless, Theoreticians who examine the history of this movement from a divinely omniscient viewpoint like that found in classical novels can easily demonstrate that the Commune was objectively doomed to failure and could not have been successfully consummated. Telegrams were regularly exchanged as a way of confirming the sense that like-minded spirits were celebrating the same thing at the same time, but at multiple locations: The working-men the civilised world over have been this week celebrating the Paris Commune.
In conclusion As my analysis has shown, the fact of loss and of bloodshed did not in itself dictate the memory of the Commune. Notes 1. References Ahmed S. Ahmed S. Anton L. Oxford: Berghahn Books, pp. Appadurai A. London: Verso Books. Baer A, Sznaider N. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future. Lewis B. Change Moving On Hope Future.
It's great to reminisce about good memories of my past. It was enjoyable when it was today. So learning to enjoy today has two benefits: it gives me happiness right now, and it becomes a good memory later. George Foreman. Memories Good Happiness Learning. A memory is a beautiful thing, it's almost a desire that you miss. Gustave Flaubert. Beautiful You Desire Miss. Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. Charles R.
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Day Children Parenting Make Our. So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good. Helen Keller. Life Good Moving On Heart. There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief. Pain Grief Great Sympathy. I have really fond memories of growing up in Chicago, and I always love going back. I still have a lot of really good friends from high school that I go to dinner with.
It's kind of become a tradition when I go out there to do a show to give a few friends a call, tell some funny stories about high school and walk down memory lane. Funny Love Memories Good.
Memory is the treasure house of the mind wherein the monuments thereof are kept and preserved. Thomas Fuller. Mind Monuments Treasure House. Top 10 Memory Quotes. View the list. Photography was a way for me to freeze time and to capture the moments that were happy and healthy. I saw a photo as a way to go back to a memory if I ever needed to. Rachel Morrison. Me Time Happy Moments. Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.
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