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Raluca Moise

PhD Researcher, Department of Sciences of Communication, University


of Bucharest

Objects-memory in Romanian exile literature. The case of Herta Muller


and Richard Wagner
The objects and their uses suppose two registers: the operational register, the
utilitarian one, and the symbolic register, the one composed and built by
representations. For the last register, the objects are mediators between the
subject and the world, but they also integrate in themselves social relations and
attributed roles since the beginning of the use. This constant presence and
interaction between the user and the object compose the process of its
incorporation, in the meaning that the object becomes an essential element of
the social corp of the user. The objectification of the object is a process which is
built through a long practice, as the spirit of the user is embedded into the
object. The objects-memory signifies the objects that constitute themselves as
considerable reserves of memory, the objects that hide or reactivate the process
of remembering. The framing process of memories within objects that sourround
us is a process of eliberating our spirit. The ordinary objects are the support of
expectations, of affective attachements and similar deceptions of what the
individual experiences related to other social individuals.
In our paper, we shall analyze the various values of meaning objects, pinpointing
the importance of the process of embedding the memories within objects. We are
interested in how the process of remember functions, starting from specific
ordinary objects, in the exile Romanian literature; we shall therefore emphasize
the dimension of objects-memory at two well known authors, Herta Muller and
Richard Wagner, reflecting the ways that the individual incorporates and excorporates the object and the values invested in them.