The memory of place : a phenomenology of the uncanny.

By: Trigg, Dylan.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Series in continental thought.Publisher: Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, 2013Description: xxxi, 347 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780821420393.Subject(s): Philosophy and Psychology | Phenomenology | memory | Place (Philosophy)DDC classification: 114TRI
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<p>From the frozen landscapes of the Antarctic to the haunted houses of childhood, the memory of places we experience is fundamental to a sense of self. Drawing on influences as diverse as Merleau-Ponty, Freud, and J. G. Ballard, The Memory of Place charts the memorial landscape that is written into the body and its experience of the world.<br> <br> <br> <br> Dylan Trigg's The Memory of Place offers a lively and original intervention into contemporary debates within "place studies," an interdisciplinary field at the intersection of philosophy, geography, architecture, urban design, and environmental studies. Through a series of provocative investigations, Trigg analyzes monuments in the representation of public memory; "transitional" contexts, such as airports and highway rest stops; and the "ruins" of both memory and place in sites such as Auschwitz. While developing these original analyses, Trigg engages in thoughtful and innovative ways with the philosophical and literary tradition, from Gaston Bachelard to Pierre Nora, H. P. Lovecraft to Martin Heidegger. Breathing a strange new life into phenomenology, The Memory of Place argues that the eerie disquiet of the uncanny is at the core of the remembering body, and thus of ourselves. The result is a compelling and novel rethinking of memory and place that should spark new conversations across the field of place studies.<br> <br> <br> <br> Edward S. Casey, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University and widely recognized as the leading scholar on phenomenology of place, calls The Memory of Place "genuinely unique and a signal addition to phenomenological literature. It fills a significant gap, and it does so with eloquence and force." He predicts that Trigg's book will be "immediately recognized as a major original work in phenomenology."</p>

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Illustrations (p. XI)
  • Preface: Touching the Past (p. XIII)
  • Acknowledgments (p. XXIX)
  • Introduction: Phenomenology and Place (p. 1)
  • A Phenomenology of Place (p. 3)
  • Body Memory (p. 9)
  • Embodiment and Phenomenology (p. 13)
  • Placing Phenomenology (p. 17)
  • 1 Second Seeing (p. 22)
  • 2 The Life-World (p. 23)
  • 3 The Uncanny (p. 25)
  • 4 Descriptiveness (p. 38)
  • The Phenpmenological Method (p. 40)
  • Part 1 From Place to Memory
  • 1 Between memory and Imagination (p. 46)
  • Scene and Surrounding (p. 47)
  • The Memory of Place (p. 53)
  • Journeying Toward Slovenia (p. 62)
  • Dreaming of Place (p. 65)
  • Memory as a Rediscovery (p. 67)
  • 2 Monuments of Memory (p. 71)
  • From Memory to History (p. 72)
  • Placing Narratives (p. 77)
  • A Phenomenology of the Chattri (p. 80)
  • Memory, Meaning, Materiality (p. 88)
  • A Texture of Death (p. 92)
  • Part 2 From Flesh to Materiality
  • 3 Memories of the Flesh (p. 101)
  • The Lived-Body (p. 102)
  • Inside and Outside (p. 108)
  • The Absolute Here (p. 110)
  • The Memory of Airports (p. 114)
  • Against Non-Places (p. 119)
  • Wild Being (p. 114)
  • Journeying Toward the Service Station (p. 135)
  • Light, Shadow, Texture (p. 142)
  • Anxious Embodiment (p. 148)
  • Alien Flesh (p. 155)
  • 4 The Dark Entity (p. 167)
  • Place-Making (p. 169)
  • A Phenomenology of Nostalgia (p. 174)
  • Homesickness (p. 190)
  • Spatial Morphology (p. 198)
  • An Uncanny Return (p. 207)
  • The Dark Entity (p. 219)
  • Part 3 From Black Holes to Specters
  • 5 Traumatic Embodiment (p. 229)
  • The Event Horizon (p. 232)
  • (Re)claiming Experience (p. 236)
  • The Skin of Memory (p. 239)
  • The Phantom Zone (p. 244)
  • 6 Ruins of Trauma (p. 257)
  • Abnormal Embodiment (p. 258)
  • Memories of Nightmares (p. 263)
  • Taumatized Materiality (p. 267)
  • A Disturbance of Memory (p. 271)
  • Conclusion: This Place Is Haunted (p. 279)
  • Ghost H(a)unting (p. 279)
  • The Doppelgänger (p. 287)
  • Phantom Memory (p. 293)
  • An Uncanny Mood (p. 299)
  • The Haunting (p. 308)
  • References (p. 327)
  • Index (p. 337)

Reviews provided by Syndetics


Trigg (Centre de Recherche en Epistemologie Appliquee, Paris) offers a phenomenology of place that focuses on the disquieting and uncanny elements of experience. The book does this through careful discussions of important phenomenologists, but even more interestingly through Trigg's own phenomenological analyses. These analyses are used both as illustrations of the phenomenologists discussed and more laudably as part of the development of his own unique phenomenological account of place. The volume is divided into three parts: "From Place to Memory," "From Flesh to Materiality," and "From Black Holes to Specters." It builds on Trigg's earlier work, The Aesthetics of Decay (2006), but can be appreciated without prior knowledge. It will be of interest to researchers in philosophy, cultural studies, architectural theory, geography, and environmental studies. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and researchers/faculty. B. T. Harding Texas Woman's University