Marianne Hirsch

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Marianne Hirsch is a University of Columbia professor known for her work in the field of memory studies. As a University of Columbia professor, she works in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and she is also the current director of the university’s Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality.

Hirsch’s work combines feminist theory with memory studies, particularly the transmission of memories of violence across generations. This can be seen in her books, which in their most recent forms include The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture after the Holocaust (Columbia University Press, 2012), Ghosts of Home: The Afterlife of Czernowitz in Jewish Memory (co-authored with Leo Spitzer; University of California Press, 2010), Rites of Return: Diaspora, Poetics and the Politics of Memory (co-edited with Nancy K. Miller; Columbia University Press, 2011).

Marianne Hirsch is also particularly well-known for her work in the conceptualisation of postmemory, which you can find out more about on her website,

Information valid as of early summer 2017