Postmemory Project


Welcome to our Cyber 110 Postmemory Project pbwiki.


The term "postmemory" comes from Marianne Hirsch's essay, "Projected Memory: Holocaust Photographs in Personal and Public Fantasy" and is used "to describe the relationship of children of survivors of cultural or collective trauma to the experiences of their parents, experiences that they 'remember' only as the stories and images with which they grew up, but that are so powerful, so monumental, as to constitute memories in their right" (267). Hirsch's essay serves as an inspiration for our own postmemory projects, in which we write about a past--though not necessarily traumatic--with which we have a connection, yet does not quite belong to us. Moreover, the concept of postmemory emphasizes the mediation of the past through objects, such as images, oral accounts, archival documents or historical texts. Consequently, our projects interweaves multiple sources culled from various kinds of research to emphasize the fact that while these memories are a part of us, they are truly not our own. What we offer you is not so much an account of what happened in the past, but our experiences as to what it is like to learn about the past.


Please click on Students' Page to view our projects.


Work Cited

Hirsch, Marianne. "Projected Memory: Holocaust Photographs in Personal and Public Fantasy." Ways of Reading Words and Images. Eds. David Bartholomae and Anthony Petrosky. Boston & New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2003: 259-282.