Historical Semantics and the Iconography of Death in Reinhart Koselleck

  • Koselleck has repeatedly rejected the existence of a collective memory. All memory derives from individual experiences which are not interchangeable. Any person has the right to his own memories, without which he could not live and which cannot be collectivized. Only the conditions under which they are realized and recollected may be referred to as supra-individual. For this reason it is advisable to distinguish between the primary experiences of those who have lived them as a first person and who bind them to their own memories, and the secondary experiences after the fact of those who were not present in the situation which gave rise to the immediate experience. This distinction also applies to memorials. The messages of monuments are open to a double exegesis: they evoke the unmistakable occasions that have led to death. Like primary experiences they are not interchangeable. But, even so, artistic responses to incomparable occasions repeat themselves. There is only a limited repertoire of aesthetic solutions for fixating violent death – which individually is always unique – in the memory.

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Author:Faustino Oncina Coves
Parent Title (German):Forum Interdisziplinäre Begriffsgeschichte
Publisher:Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin (ZfL)
Place of publication:Berlin
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2018
Year of first Publication:2018
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2018/08/16
GND Keyword:Koselleck, Reinhart; Tod; Ikonographie; Begriffsgeschichte <Fach>
Page Number:9
First Page:85
Last Page:94
Dewey Decimal Classification:8 Literatur / 80 Literatur, Rhetorik, Literaturwissenschaft / 800 Literatur und Rhetorik
Sammlungen:CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft
CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft / Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:Forum Interdisziplinäre Begriffsgeschichte / Forum Interdisziplinäre Begriffsgeschichte. 7. Jahrgang [Heft] 1
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht