Chair
Comparative Literature
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Ann Rigney (BA (hons), MA (hons) University College Dublin; PhD University of Toronto) holds the chair of Comparative Literature at the University of Utrecht.  She is an elected member of the Royal Dutch Academic of Sciences (KNAW) and of the Academia Europea.

 

Research

Ever since her PhD thesis, published as The Rhetoric of Historical Representation: Three Narrative Histories of the French Revolution (1990), she has been fascinated by the intersections between narrative, collective identity, and contestations of the past.  She has published widely in the field of modern memory cultures, with projects  both on the nineteenth century and on contemporary developments. She has also played an active role in cultural memory studies with a particular focus on issues relating to mediation and transnationalism. Her most recent research deals with the memory of protest.

 

Collaboration

Convenor of Utrecht Memory Studies and of NITMES (Network in Transnational Memory Studies).

Together with Astrid Erll, project leader in the COST-project ISTME (In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe); for their inaugural talk, see Mediation and European Memory.

 

Research projects

Transnational Memory and the Making of Europe; The Poetics and Politics of Public Apology; Historical Fiction in/against Colonialism; Cultures of Commemoration; The Cultural Memory of Protest.

 (With Sebastiaan Princen and Jesseka Batteau): Lessons from the Past: Cultural Memory among Policy-Makers.

 

Monographs

The Afterlives of Walter Scott: Memory on the Move (Oxford UP, 2012). read more.
Imperfect Histories: The Elusive Past and the Legacy of Romantic Historicism (Cornell UP, 2001). Winner of the Jean-Pierre Barricelli award. read more.
The Rhetoric of Historical Representation: Three Narrative Histories of the French Revolution (Cambridge UP, 1990;2003). read more.

 

 Collections

Transnational Memory: Circulation, Articulation, Scales, edited with Chiara de Cesari (de Gruyter, 2014). read more.
Commemorating Writers in Nineteenth-Century Europe: Nation-Building and Centenary Fever, edited with Joep Leerssen (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). read more.
Reconciliation and Memory: Critical Perspectives, edited with Nicole Immler and Damien Short (July 2012). read more.
Mediation, Remediation, and the Dynamics of Cultural Memory, edited with Astrid Erll (de Gruyter, 2009). read more

 

Teaching

Ann Rigney teaches at all levels in the field of Comparative Literature, with a particular emphasis on theories and methods in literary studies. I participate in the BA programme in Comparative Literature (Literatuurwetenschap), the one-year MA programme Literature Today, and in the Research MA programme Comparative Literary Studies, which she also coordinates.

Together with Kiene Brillenburg, she authored an introduction to literary studies called Het Leven van teksten ['The Life of Texts'] (Amsterdam UP, 2006). In her teaching she combines a focus on literature, aesthetics and mediation with a concern for the 'social life of stories' and for their role both in shaping identities and shifting social values.

 

Talks

The Past is Another Story, Lecture for the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity: Regions of Memory Conference, University of Warsaw, March 2016. Available to watch here.

Transnational Memory: Bloody Sunday 1887-2014, Lecture 2 in the Methodologies of Memory: Distinguished Lecture SeriesUCD Humanities Institute Dublin, February 2015. Available to listen to here.

BYU Radio Show Thinking Aloud Interview, BYU Utah, September 2014.Available to watch here.

Facing Waterloo: From Experience to Imagination, at the Varieties of Historical Experience Conference, University of Chicago, April 2014. Available to listen to here.

Memory and Mediation: Ideas and Challenges, Keynote at the ISTME Kick-off, Copenhagen, May 2013. Available here.

 

Involved in the following study programme(s)
Scientific expertise
narrative theory
historical fiction
Walter Scott
intermediality
reception studies
historical theory
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Key publications

Rigney, Ann (2015). Do Apologies End Events? Bloody Sunday, 1972-2010. In Marek Tamm (Eds.), The Afterlife of Events: Perspectives on Mnemohistory (pp. 242-261) (19 p.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillamn.

Rigney, A. (2015). Cultural Memory Studies: Mediation, Narrative, and the Aesthetic. Routledge International Handbook of Memory Studies (pp. 65-76). London: Routlege.

De Cesari, Chiara & Rigney, Ann (30.10.2014). Transnational Memory - Circulation, Articulation, Scales. (375 p.). Berlin: De Gruyter.

Rigney, Ann & Leerssen, Joep (01.09.2014). Commemorating Writers in Nineteenth Century Europe - Nation-building and Centenary Fever. (301 p.). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Rigney, A. (2012). Reconciliation and Remembering: (How) Does it Work?. Memory Studies, 5 (3), (pp. 251-258) (8 p.).

Rigney, A. (2012). The Afterlives of Walter Scott: Memory on the Move. (347 p.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Rigney, A. (2012). Transforming Memory and the European Project. New Literary History, 43 (4), (pp. 607-628) (21 p.).

Rigney, A. (2011). Embodied Communities; Commemorating Robert Burns, 1859. Representations, 115 (summer), (pp. 71-101) (30 p.).

Rigney, A. (2010). When the Monograph is no Longer the Medium: Historical Narrative in the Online Age. History and Theory, 49 (December), (pp. 100-117) (18 p.).

Rigney, A. & Erll, A. (2009). Mediation, Remediation, and the Dynamics of Cultural Memory. (256 p.). Berlin/New York: De Gruyter.

Rigney, A. (2009). All this Happened, More or Less: What a Novelist Made of the Bombing of Dresden. History and Theory, Issue 47 (May 2009), (pp. 5-24) (20 p.).

Rigney, A. (2008). The Dynamics of Remembrance: Texts Between Monumentality and Morphing. In Astrid Erll & Ansgar Nünning (Eds.), Cultural Memory Studies; An International and Interdisciplinary Handbook (pp. 345-353) (9 p.). Berlin/New York: De Gruyter.

Rigney, A. (2008). Divided Pasts: a Premature Memorial and the Dynamics of Cultural Remembrance. Memory Studies, 1 (1), (pp. 89-97) (9 p.).

Rigney, A. & Erll, A. (2006). Literature and the Production of Cultural Memory. Special issue of EJES: European Journal of English Studies. (86 p.). London: Routledge.

Rigney, A. (2005). Plenitude, Scarcity, and the Production of Cultural Memory. Journal of European Studies, 35 (1/2), (pp. 209-226) (18 p.).

Rigney, A. (2004). Portable Monuments: Literature, Cultural Memory and the Case of Jeanie Deans. Poetics, 52 (2), (pp. 361-396) (36 p.).

Rigney, A. (2002). The Rhetoric of Historical Representation: Three Narrative Histories of the French Revolution. (190 p.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Rigney, A. (2001). Imperfect Histories: The Elusive Past and the Legacy of Romantic Historicism. (209 p.). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, Winner of the Jean-Pierre Barricelli Award 2001.

All publications
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Rigney, A. (2016). Differential Memorability and Transnational Activism - Bloody Sunday, 1887-2016. Australian Humanities Review, 59, (pp. 77-95).
Rigney, A. (2016). Scales of Postmemory: Six of Six Million. In Claudio Fogu, Wulf Kansteiner & Todd Presner (Eds.), Probing the Ethics of Holocaust Culture (pp. 113-128). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Rigney, A. (2016). The Procreativity of Stories: Narrative and Cultural Memory. Jounal of Yunnan Unviersity, 82 (1), (pp. 97-103).
  2016 - Other output
A. Rigney (13.02.2016). Lecture: In Praise of Small Data and Good Writing. De kunst van de wetenschappen.
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Rigney, A. (2015). Cultural Memory Studies: Mediation, Narrative, and the Aesthetic. Routledge International Handbook of Memory Studies (pp. 65-76). London: Routlege.
Rigney, Ann (2015). Do Apologies End Events? Bloody Sunday, 1972-2010. In Marek Tamm (Eds.), The Afterlife of Events: Perspectives on Mnemohistory (pp. 242-261) (19 p.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillamn.
Rigney, Ann (2015). Postface: Multidirectional Fictions. In Linda Kaljundi, Eneken Laanes & Ilona Pikkanen (Eds.), Novels, Histories, Novel Nations: Historical Fiction and Cultural Memory in Finland and Estonia (pp. 322-328) (7 p.). Helsinki: Finnish Literary Society.
Rigney, A. (2015). Things and the Archive: Scott's Materialist Legacy. Scottish Literary Review, 7 (2), (pp. 13-34) (21 p.).
  2015 - Professional publications
Rigney, A. (2015). Transnational Memory. Testimony Between History and Memory, (pp. 170-171). Auschwitz Foundation International Quarterly.
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Rigney, Ann (01.09.2014). Burns 1859: - Embodied Communities and Transnational Federation. In Joep Leerssen & Ann Rigney (Eds.), Commemorating Writers in Nineteenth-Century Europe - Nation-Building and Centenary Fever (pp. 40-65) (26 p.). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Rigney, Ann & Leerssen, Joep (01.09.2014). Commemorating Writers in Nineteenth Century Europe - Nation-building and Centenary Fever. (301 p.). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Rigney, Ann & Leerssen, Joep (01.09.2014). Introduction - Fanning out from Shakespeare. In Joep Leerssen & Ann Rigney (Eds.), Commemorating Writers in Nineteenth-Century Europe - Nation-Building and Centenary Fever (pp. 1-23) (23 p.). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
De Cesari, Chiara & Rigney, Ann (30.10.2014). Introduction. In Ann Rigney & Chiara De Cesari (Eds.), Transnational Memory - Circulation, Articulation, Scales (pp. 1-25). Berlin: De Gruyter.
Rigney, Ann (30.10.2014). Ongoing - Changing Memory and the European Project. In Ann Rigney & Chiara De Cesari (Eds.), Transnational Memory - Circulation, Articulation, Scales (pp. 339-360) (21 p.). Berlin: De Gruyter.
Rigney, Ann (01.09.2014). Scott 1871 - Celebration as Cultural Diplomacy. In Joep Leerssen & Ann Rigney (Eds.), Commemorating Writers in NIneteenth-Century Europe - Nation-Building and Centenary Fever (pp. 65-88) (23 p.). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
De Cesari, Chiara & Rigney, Ann (30.10.2014). Transnational Memory - Circulation, Articulation, Scales. (375 p.). Berlin: De Gruyter.
  2012 - Scholarly publications
Rigney, A. (2012). History as Text: Narrative Theory and History. In Nancy Partner & Sara Foot (Eds.), Sage Handbook of Historical Theory (pp. 183-201) (19 p.). London: SAGE.
Rigney, A. & Erll, A. (2012). Mediation, Remediation, and the Dynamics of Cultural Memory. Berlin: De Gruyter.
Rigney, A. (2012). Reconciliation and Remembering: (How) Does it Work?. Memory Studies, 5 (3), (pp. 251-258) (8 p.).
Rigney, A. (2012). The Afterlives of Walter Scott: Memory on the Move. (347 p.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Rigney, A. (2012). Transforming Memory and the European Project. New Literary History, 43 (4), (pp. 607-628) (21 p.).
  2012 - Professional publications
Brillenburg Wurth, C.A.W. & Rigney, A. (2012). Het leven van teksten. Een inleiding tot de literatuurwetenschap. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press (vierde herziene druk), Vierde druk.
  2011 - Scholarly publications
Rigney, A. (2011). Embodied Communities: Commemorating Robert Burns, 1859. Representations (electronic), 115 (summer), (pp. 71-101) (30 p.).
Rigney, A. (2011). Embodied Communities; Commemorating Robert Burns, 1859. Representations, 115 (summer), (pp. 71-101) (30 p.).
Rigney, A. (2011). Review. Victorian Studies, 53.2, (pp. 367-369) (3 p.).
Rigney, A. (2011). Review. American Historical Review, 116.3, (pp. 878-879) (2 p.).
  2010 - Scholarly publications
Rigney, A. (2010). The Many Lives of Ivanhoe. In Karin Tilmans, Frank Van Vree & Jay Winter (Eds.), Performing the Past: Memory, History, and Identity in Modern Europe (pp. 207-33) (368 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Rigney, A. (2010). When the Monograph is no Longer the Medium: Historical Narrative in the Online Age. History and Theory, 49 (December), (pp. 100-117) (18 p.).
  2009 - Scholarly publications
Rigney, A. (2009). All this Happened, More or Less: What a Novelist Made of the Bombing of Dresden. History and Theory, Issue 47 (May 2009), (pp. 5-24) (20 p.).
Rigney, A. (2009). Embodied and Remembered Lives. Frame: Tijdschrift voor Literatuurwetenschap, 22 (1), (pp. 60-73) (14 p.).
Rigney, A. & Erll, A. (2009). Introduction: Cultural Memory and Its Dynamics. In A Erll & A Rigney (Eds.), Mediation, Remediation, and the Dynamics of Cultural Memory (pp. 1-11) (11 p.). Berlin: De Gruyter.
Rigney, A. & Erll, A. (2009). Mediation, Remediation, and the Dynamics of Cultural Memory. (256 p.). Berlin/New York: De Gruyter.
Rigney, A. (2009). Murray Pittock (ed.), The Reception of Sir Walter Scott in Europe. London: Continuum, 2006. Comparative Critical Studies, 6, (pp. 171-175) (5 p.).
  2008 - Scholarly publications
Rigney, A. (2008). Divided Pasts: a Premature Memorial and the Dynamics of Cultural Remembrance. Memory Studies, 1 (1), (pp. 89-97) (9 p.).
Rigney, A. (2008). Fiction as a Mediator in National Remembrance. In Stefan Berger, Linas Eriksonas & Andrew Mycock (Eds.), Narrating the Nation: Representations in History, Media and the Arts (pp. 79-96) (18 p.). Oxford/New York: Berghahn.
Rigney, A. (2008). Review. Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, December, (pp. 353-357) (5 p.).
Rigney, A. (2008). The Dynamics of Remembrance: Texts Between Monumentality and Morphing. In Astrid Erll & Ansgar Nünning (Eds.), Cultural Memory Studies; An International and Interdisciplinary Handbook (pp. 345-353) (9 p.). Berlin/New York: De Gruyter.
  2008 - Professional publications
Rigney, A. & Brillenburg Wurth, C.A.W. (2008). Het leven van teksten: een inleiding tot de literatuurwetenschap. (432 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. Tweede herziene druk, Tweede herziene editie.
  2007 - Scholarly publications
Rigney, A. (2007). Abbotsford: Dislocation and Cultural Remembrance. In Harald Hendrix (Eds.), Writers' Houses and the Making of Memory (pp. 75-91) (17 p.). New York/London: Routledge.
Rigney, A. (2007). Articles on: Character (Narrative); Discourse; Memory; Representation; Semiotics. In Manfred Beller & Joep Leerssen (Eds.), Imagology: The Cultural Construction and Literary Representation of National Characters: A Critical Survey (pp. 287-290 + 313-315 +360-363 + 415-418 + 421-424) (138 p.). Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi.
Rigney, A. (2007). Being an Improper Historian. In K. Jenkins, S. Morgan & A. Munslow (Eds.), Manifests for History (pp. 149-159) (11 p.). London: Routlegde.
  2006 - Scholarly publications
Rigney, A. & Erll, A. (2006). Literature and the Production of Cultural Memory. Special issue of EJES: European Journal of English Studies. (86 p.). London: Routledge.
Erll, A. & Rigney, A. (2006). Literature and the Production of Cultural Memory: Introduction. European Journal of English Studies, 10 (2), (pp. 111-116) (6 p.).
  2006 - Professional publications
Brillenburg Wurth, C.A.W. & Rigney, A. (2006). Het leven van teksten: een inleiding tot de literatuurwetenschap. (432 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterda University Press.
  2005 - Scholarly publications
Rigney, A. (2005). De herinnering aan Scott: Literatuur, erfgoed,, mobiliteit. In Rob van der Laarse (Eds.), Bezeten van vroeger: Erfgoed, identiteit en musealisering (pp. 88-101) (14 p.). Amsterdam: Het Spinhuis.
Rigney, A. (2005). Plenitude, Scarcity, and the Production of Cultural Memory. Journal of European Studies, 35 (1/2), (pp. 209-226) (18 p.).
  2004 - Scholarly publications
Rigney, A. (2004). Portable Monuments: Literature, Cultural Memory and the Case of Jeanie Deans. Poetics, 52 (2), (pp. 361-396) (36 p.).
Rigney, A. (2004). Relevance, Revision, and the Fear of Long Books. In F. Ankersmit & H. Kellner (Eds.), A New Philosophy of History (pp. 127-147) (21 p.). London/Chicago: Reaktion Books/Chicago University Press.
  2003 - Scholarly publications
Rigney, A. (2003). Cross-Border Histories. Arcadia, 38 (2), (pp. 343-346) (4 p.).
  2002 - Scholarly publications
Rigney, A. (2002). The Rhetoric of Historical Representation: Three Narrative Histories of the French Revolution. (190 p.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  2001 - Scholarly publications
Rigney, A. & Leerssen, J. (2001). Historians and Social Values. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Rigney, A. (2001). Imperfect Histories: The Elusive Past and the Legacy of Romantic Historicism. (209 p.). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, Winner of the Jean-Pierre Barricelli Award 2001.
  2001 - Other output
Rigney, A. (2001). Literatuur als herdenking. (25 p.). Amsterdam: Free University.
  1999 - Scholarly publications
Rigney, A. (1999). De lokroep van het verleden: literatuur als historische bron. Feit & fictie: tijdschrift voor de geschiedenis van de representatie, 4 (3), (pp. 81-98) (18 p.).
Rigney, A. (1999). Epiloog. In R. Hoezee, J. Tollebeek & T. Verschaffel (Eds.), Mise-en-scène: Keizer Karel en de verbeelding van de negentiende eeuw (3 p.). Gent: Museum voor Schone Kunsten/Mercatorfonds.
Rigney, A. (1999). Literature and the Longing for History. In J. Pieters (Eds.), Critical Self-Fashioning: The New Historicism of Stephen Greenblatt (22 p.). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Verlag.
Rigney, A. (1999). The Multiple Histories of Thomas Carlyle. In C.C. Barfoot (Eds.), Victorian Keats and Romantic Carlyle: The Fusions and Confusions of Literary Periods (13 p.). amsterdam: Rodopi.
  1998 - Scholarly publications
Rigney, A. (1998). What's in a Name? Fictie, ervaring en autoriteit. TvL : tijdschrift voor literatuurwetenschap, 3.2, (pp. 136-146) (11 p.).
  1997 - Scholarly publications
Rigney, A. (1997). Muddying the Waters: Metaphor in History. In B. Debatin, T.R. Jackson & D. Steuer (Eds.), Methaphor and Rational Thought (pp. 169-177) (9 p.). Tübingen: Niemeyer.
Rigney, A. (1997). Semantic Slides: History and the Concept of Fiction. In I. Veit-Brause & R. Torstendahl (Eds.), History-Making: The Intellectual and Social Formation of a Discipline. Konferenzer 37 (pp. 31-46) (31 p.). Stockholm: Kungl.
  1996 - Scholarly publications
Rigney, A. (1996). The Untenanted Places of the Past: Thomas Carlyle and the Varieties of Historical Ignorance. History and Theory, 1996 (22), (pp. 338-357) (20 p.).
  1986 - Scholarly publications
Rigney, A. (1986). Toward Varennes. New Literary History, 1 (18), (pp. 77-98) (22 p.). Repr. in R. Cohen, ed. Studies in Historical Change. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1992. 60-83..
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Completed projects

Project:
Network in Transnational Memory Studies 01.06.2013 to 01.03.2016
General project description

A Dutch Research Council funded Network to support the development of Transnational Memory Studies; more information at www.nitmes.nl

 
Role Project Leader & Researcher & Contact Funding
NWO grant
Project members UU
Project:
The Dynamics of Cultural Remembrance: An Intermedial Perspective 01.09.2006 to 01.02.0211
General project description

Does the medium make the memory? Within the cross-disciplinary field of cultural memory studies this programme focuses on the role played by different media (texts, images, monuments etc) in the evolution and maintenance of ‘memory sites.’ Through a series of interlinked case-studies it examines the interaction of different mnemonic practices over time, the influence of innovations within the media landscape on such practices, and their role in the shaping of social memory.


Central issues:



  • what is the relationship between the use of particular media and the formation of ‘memory communities’?

  • what happens to existing mnemonic practices when a new technology (photography, film, internet) becomes available?

  • what happens to a historical topic as it passes from one medium to another (say, from fictional and non-fictional stories, to photos, to monuments, to commemorative ceremonies, to souvenirs?);

  • when do memory sites die out?

 
Role Project Leader
Individual project description For more information see www.let.uu.nl/cultural-remembrance/index.htm
Funding
NWO grant
Project members UU
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Currently prof. dr. Ann Rigney teaches the following course(s):
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Additional functions and activities

Member International Advisory Board Irish Humanities Centre, University College Dublin (2009-)

Member International Advisory Board SELMA: Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality, and Memory, University of Turku (2015-)

Member Steering Committee COST action In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe (2012-2016)

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