Memory and the City in Mahy's Memory and 24 Hours

Alison Waller

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Abstract

Mahy’s Memory has been celebrated for its thoughtful treatment of Alzheimer’s and traumatic memory, but other forms of remembering and forgetting are explored in its narrative. This article interrogates the array of memory metaphors that Mahy employs by reading Memory and 24 Hours as companion pieces. It argues that both novels are located in contemporary cityscapes and work within constraints of present time. Through their shared “urban chronotope” they express a concern with how memory functions as an embodied and cognitive process in time-space, but they also model ways that recollection is integral to the reading experience itself.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-165
JournalLION AND THE UNICORN
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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