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    Beyond trauma? memories of Joi/y and memory play in Blade Runner 2049

    Arnold-de Simine, Silke (2019) Beyond trauma? memories of Joi/y and memory play in Blade Runner 2049. Memory Studies 12 (1), pp. 61-73. ISSN 1750-6980.

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    Cultural memory studies finds itself at an impasse: whereas ‘cultural memory’ is conceptualized as mediated, dynamic, imaginative and shaped by the present, the dominant paradigm of ‘trauma’ illuminates the hold the past has on us, casting the shadow of a melancholic subjectivity that threatens to obscure our agency as (political) subjects. This article asks what lies in store for memory studies beyond the focus on (classic) trauma (theory). Using the movie Blade Runner 2049 (US 2017; dir: Denis Villeneuve) as an illustrative example, it explores how creative and joyful forms of meaning-making through play and acts of memory inform each other in what the psychoanalyst DW Winnicott described as ‘cultural experience’.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): affect, DW Winnicott, imagination, joy, provisional/transitional space, trauma
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2018 11:22
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:45


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