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Collective memory is a dynamic topic that can be discussed through a number of disciplines In my paper I will attempt to dissect this subject of collective memory as clear and consisely as possible through the exploration of narratives novels music poetry and history Collective memory is defined as the breadth of procedural knowledge the community acquires through experience when interacting with each other and the world Research in collective memory is a relatively new area capturing the interest of scholars in social psychology memory sociology and anthropology -- that our own memories are not entirely personal The core idea is that collective attitudes and behaviors are created and shared through common experiences and communication among a group of people Sometimes we are confronted with memory criticism What is meant by memory criticism is simply close readings that people do people coming from a number of different disciplines when we look at sites of remembrance This could be texts movies monuments ceremonies rituals cemeteries anything which marks memory What is meant by we is a little more complicated We all come from different intellectual traditions we use different analytical tools maybe we should know what we are doing and why when we critically approach how the past is dealt with So there is that agenda But the more I think about it the more I really want to speak about the collective we occasionally or often attending to the past or to remembrance In an ad in Harpers magazine for Zeiss binoculars thats a German company their quality was attested to by the fact that these binoculars were regularly used by the border guards at the Wall in Berlin and look at how successfully they caught so many people Now it is very difficult to define what got broken here But its a similar idea
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