Memor: The True National Identity Of A Nation

733 Words3 Pages
Figuring out the true national identity of a nation is a never ending process, one which not only involves current issues in society, culture, and the nation itself, but by examining events that occurred in the past as well. It is not uncommon for a nation to look to its past to encourage feelings of pride and solidarity in its people. This is normally done through what can be referred to as a ‘governing myth’ or a ‘collective memory’. However, in an effort to establish national identity nationalists tend to alienate some of the citizens who cannot emotionally connect with the so-called ‘memory’. This essay will point out how Bell’s notion of mythscape assists in understanding the true worth of Australian identity by challenging societies current governing myths or ‘memories’. When examining mythscape and its way of challenging the ‘governing myth’ of a nation three different types of memory are involved: memory, collective memory, and collective remembrance.…show more content…
For those who experience national pride when thinking of the ANZAC myth, national shame is not far behind. The ANZAC myth is the ‘founding of Australia’, which means that those present before were rendered invisible: those who connect most with the Aboriginals and the colonial convicts are essentially alienated by the myth. “The generations alive today struggle to grasp the enormity of past conquest and continuing injustice, they are also searching for ways in which they may inscribe a ‘moral presence’ for themselves and their nations back into the world” (Maddison, 2012, 695). Maddison points out that when using the past to identify a nations identity none of the parties (‘us’ or ‘them’) win. This is an important discovery, one that would not be possible without the use of mythscape and collective
Open Document