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Type of publication: Straipsnis / Article
Author(s): Brazauskas, Nerijus
Title: Kultūrinė atmintis Jurgio Gliaudos romanuose: tarp istorijos, laiko ir tapatybės
Other Title: Cultural memory in novels by Jurgis Gliauda: history, time, and identity
Is part of: OIKOS: lietuvių migracijos ir diasporos studijos, 2013, nr. 1(15), p. 101-113
Date: 2013
Abstract: The main goal of this article is to analyse the cultural memory which is recorded and reflected in the novels of Jurgis Gliauda. The author of the article tries to answer these questions: What cultural memory has been recorded in Gliauda’s novels? Is a relationship between “cultural memory” and “grand narrative” present in the texts? How and why do mechanisms of the remembering and forgetting function with respect to a writer? Jan Assmann’s “cultural memory” conception which is presented in his study Cultural Memory and Early Civilization: Writing, Remembrance, and Political Imagination (2011) is a methodology of the research. Cultural memory is linked with discourses of the memory, communication, history, identity, (re) interpretation, and canon. “Cultural memory” but not “communicative memory” dominates Gliauda’s novels. This could be explained by the Soviet occupation, the exodus situation, and the expectations of the author and his community. Cultural me mories revealed an evident relation between memory and the “grand narrative”; universal cultural meanings were highlighted; and principles of émigré identity construction became obvious. Gliauda’s texts would allow us to say that cultural memory was actualised by seeking to maintain “grand narratives” on book smugglers, partisans, and Christianity; that cultural memory in his novels was grounded on repetition and interpretation with the aim of securing cultural continuity and social identity. The investigation shows that the past dominates the structure of time and it envisages mental, political, and social profiles of the future society. Cultural memories actualised by Gliauda circulated in exodus society which, according to its relation to history, could be named as a “cold society” having “cold memory” and “narrative knowledge.” Thus, a writer could be regarded as a carrier of cultural memory.
Appears in Collections:OIKOS: lietuvių migracijos ir diasporos studijos 2013, nr. 1(15)

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