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    • November 2011
    • 9780231150910
  • 328 Pages
  • Paperback
  • $29.00


    • November 2011
    • 9780231150903
  • 328 Pages
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  • $90.00


    • November 2011
    • 9780231521796
  • 328 Pages
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Rites of Return

Diaspora Poetics and the Politics of Memory

Edited by Marianne Hirsch and Nancy K. Miller

The first decade of the twenty-first century witnessed a passionate engagement with the losses of the past. Rites of Return examines the effects of this legacy of historical injustice and documented suffering on the politics of the present. Twenty-four writers, historians, literary and cultural critics, anthropologists and sociologists, visual artists, legal scholars, and curators grapple with our contemporary ethical endeavor to redress enduring inequities and retrieve lost histories. Mapping bold and broad-based responses to past injury across Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America, Australia, the Middle East, and the United States, Rites of Return examines new technologies of genetic and genealogical research, memoirs about lost family histories, the popularity of roots-seeking journeys, organized trauma tourism at sites of atrocity and new Museums of Conscience, and profound connections between social rites and political and legal rights of return.

Contributors include: Lila Abu-Lughod, Columbia University; Nadia Abu El-Haj, Barnard College; Elazar Barkan, Columbia University; Svetlana Boym, Harvard University; Saidiya Hartman, Columbia University; Amira Hass, journalist; Jarrod Hayes, University of Michigan; Marianne Hirsch, Columbia University; Eva Hoffman, writer; Margaret Homans, Yale University; Rosanne Kennedy, Australian National University; Daniel Mendelsohn, writer; Susan Meiselas, photographer; Nancy K. Miller, CUNY Graduate Center; Alondra Nelson, Columbia University; Jay Prosser, University of Leeds; Liz Sevchenko, Coalition of Museums of Conscience; Leo Spitzer, Dartmouth College; Marita Sturken New York University; Diana Taylor, New York University; Patricia J. Williams, Columbia University

About the Author

Marianne Hirsch is William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Gender Studies at Columbia University. Her most recent books are Ghosts of Home: The Afterlife of Czernowitz in Jewish Memory, written with Leo Spitzer, and The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture After the Holocaust.

Nancy K. Miller is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her most recent books are But Enough About Me: Why We Read Other People's Lives and the family memoir, What They Saved: Pieces of a Jewish Past.

This broad-ranging collection brings into focus a set of approaches—techno-scientific, personal, and global--that add to the ever-compelling topics of identity, rootedness, mobility, and return. With its fascinating new perspectives, this book demonstrates the importance of memory studies for a better understanding of the future.

Fran├žoise Lionnet, University of California, Los Angeles

PrefaceIntroductionMarianne Hirsch and Nancy K. Miller1 Tangled Roots and New Genealogies1. The Factness of Diaspora: The Social Sources of Genetic GenealogyAlondra Nelson2. Jews--Lost and Found: Genetic History and the Evidentiary Terrain of RecognitionNadia Abu El-Haj3. The Web and The Reunion: http://czernowitz.ehpes.comMarianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer4. Queering Roots, Queering DiasporaJarrod Hayes5. Indigenous Australian Arts of Return: Mediating Perverse ArchivesRosanne Kennedy2 Genres of Return6. Memoirs of ReturnSaidiya Hartman, Eva Hoffman, Daniel Mendelsohn in Conversation with Nancy K. Miller7. Return to Half-Ruins: Fathers and Daughters, Memory and History in PalestineLila Abu-Lughod8. Singing with the Taxi Driver: From Bollywood to BabylonJay Prosser9. Off-Modern Homecoming in Art and TheorySvetlana Boym10. Return to Nicaragua: The Aftermath of HopeSusan Meiselas3 Rights of Return11. Between Two ReturnsAmira Hass12. Adoption and Return: Transnational Genealogies, Maternal LegaciesMargaret Homans13. Foreign CorrespondenceSonali Thakkar14. "O Give Me a Home"Patricia J. Williams, with Images by Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick15. The Politics of Return: When Rights Become RitesElazar Barkan4 Sites of Return and the New Tourism of Witness16. Sites of Conscience: Lighting Up Dark TourismLiz Šev?enko17. Kishinev Redux: Pogrom, Purim, PatrimonyNancy K. Miller18. Trauma as Durational Performance: A Return to Dark SitesDiana Taylor19. Pilgrimages, Reenactment, and Souvenirs: Modes of Memory TourismMarita SturkenContributorsIndex