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Communal Memory Of The Distributed Author: Applicability Of The Connectionist Model Of Memory To The Study Of Traditional Narratives

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For most intents and purposes a creative act is one that brings about a novelty, somehow or other appropriate in the context, with no appreciable debts of authorship. This chapter focuses on the memory of the distributed author. Particular attention is paid to whether-and if so, to what extent and in what way-the explanatory power of the connectionist models of memory and cognition can be harnessed to enable an understanding of the tentatively construed (and often metaphorically thought of) communal, or collective, memory. In other words, the chapter shows that remembering is a creative act, and that creativity is a function of memory. What the connectionist model of memory appears to promise is precisely a way of conceiving of communal memory as an entity/identity/agency without invoking the Romantic essentialism or implying a kind of remembering that somehow does not involve the individual community members.

Keywords: collective memory; communal memory; connectionist models; creative act; distributed author; Romantic essentialism



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