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Forging the PastSeth and the Art of Memory$
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Daniel Marrone

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496807311

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496807311.001.0001

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Collection and Recollection

Collection and Recollection

(p.97) 5 Collection and Recollection
Forging the Past

Daniel Marrone

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter draws together arguments about ambivalence, remembering and forgetting, narratives of the past, and the fortification of identity through the process of collecting. For Seth’s characters, collecting is a way of thinking. Through collection, what is being recollected is the self: identity is the absent thing being made present by the collection. Selection is understood as the most fundamental element of the process of collecting; to a large extent, the act of selection is what distinguishes the collection from the archive. Seth’s characters are often on the cusp of anachronism because they are continually attempting to fix their positions within narratives of the past. The collection helps to fortify identity by arbitrating between inside and outside, i.e. what is part of identity and what is not. Through collection and recollection, the collector means to keep loss at bay – Seth reveals the potential for meaning that resides in this loss.

Keywords:   Collection, Recollection, Identity, Loss, Forgetting

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