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Forgetting: Myths, Perils and Compensations

Douwe Draaisma


In his highly praised book The Nostalgia Factory, the author explored the puzzling logic of memory in later life with humor and deep insight. In this compelling new book the author turns to the “miracle” of forgetting. Far from being a defect that may indicate Alzheimer's or another form of dementia, the book claims, forgetting is one of memory's crucial capacities. In fact, forgetting is essential. Weaving together an engaging array of literary, historical, and scientific sources, the author considers forgetting from every angle. He pierces false clichés and asks important questions: Is a for ... More

Keywords: memory, forgetting, forgotten memory, first memories, personal memories, memory erasing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300207286
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300207286.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douwe Draaisma, author
University of Groningen