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Making Memory Work for Feminist Theory
Making memory work for feminist theory

Someone, I say, will remember us. (Sappho, sixth century BC)

Sappho was confident that someone would remember us despite the fact that women's contributions, as now, were subject to erasure (Jarratt, 2002). As Kate Chedgzoy notes, ‘feminist scholarship is itself a work of memory that has retrieved many women from oblivion as historical actors and recorders. Its very existence bears witness to the gendered and power-laden dynamics of remembering and forgetting’ (Chedgzoy, 2007: 216). But, as Chedgzoy also recognizes, this is not simply a question of being remembered or not but also how and in what forms women and men are remembered: Sappho and her poetry are remembered arguably because, unusually for the time, she ...

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