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A collection of essays by prominent scholars from many disciplines on the construction of public memories.


The study of public memory has grown rapidly across numerous disciplines in recent years, among them American studies, history, philosophy, sociology, architecture, and communications. As scholars probe acts of collective remembrance, they have shed light on the cultural processes of memory. Essays contained in this volume address issues...

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Framing Public Memory

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Overview

A collection of essays by prominent scholars from many disciplines on the construction of public memories.


The study of public memory has grown rapidly across numerous disciplines in recent years, among them American studies, history, philosophy, sociology, architecture, and communications. As scholars probe acts of collective remembrance, they have shed light on the cultural processes of memory. Essays contained in this volume address issues such as the scope of public memory, the ways we forget, the relationship between politics and memory, and the material practices of memory.

Stephen Browne's contribution studies the alternative to memory erasure, silence, and forgetting as posited by Hannah Arendt in her classic Eichmann in Jerusalem. Rosa Eberly writes about the Texas tower shootings of 1966, memories of which have been minimized by local officials. Charles Morris examines public reactions to Larry Kramer's declaration that
Abraham Lincoln was homosexual, horrifying the guardians of Lincoln's
public memory. And Barbie Zelizer considers the impact on public memory
of visual images, specifically still photographs of individuals about to perish (e.g., people falling from the World Trade Center) and the sense of communal loss they manifest.

Whether addressing the transitory and mutable nature of collective memories over time or the ways various groups maintain, engender, or resist those memories, this work constitutes a major contribution to our understanding of how public memory has been and might continue to be framed.


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"An important contribution to critical cultural memory studies with a strong interdisciplinary focus. . . . [This study] complicates the notion of public memory by examining what happens when we alternately accent the two terms, first exploring the memory of publics, and then examining the publicity, or publicness, of memory."--John Louis Lucaites, series editor
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817380250
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Series: Albma Rhetoric Cult & Soc Crit
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,141,221
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Kendall R. Phillips is Associate Professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University and author of Testing Controversy: A Rhetoric of Educational Reform.
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Table of Contents


Contents
Introduction
Kendall R. Phillips 000
Part I. The Memory of Publics
1. Public Memory in Place and Time
Edward S. Casey 000
2. Arendt, Eichmann, and the Politics of Remembrance
Stephen Howard Browne 000
3. "Everywhere You Go, It's There": Forgetting and Remembering the University
of Texas Tower Shootings
Rosa A. Eberly 000
4. My Old Kentucky Homo: Lincoln and the Politics of Queer Public Memory
Charles E. Morris III 000
5. Shadings of Regret: America and Germany
Barry Schwartz and Horst-Alfred Heinrich 000
Part II. The Publicness of Memory
6. The Appearance of Public Memory
Charles E. Scott 000
7. The Voice of the Visual in Memory
Barbie Zelizer 000
8. "A Timeless Now": Memory and Repetition
Bradford Vivian 000
9. Renovating the National Imaginary: A Prolegomenon on Contemporary Paregoric
Rhetoric
Barbara Biesecker 000
10. Framing Memory through Eulogy: Ronald Reagan's Long Good-bye
Amos Kiewe 000
Contributors 000
Index 000




Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Public history, Memory Social aspects, History Psychological aspects, Historiography, Public history United States, Public history Germany, History Philosophy
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2005

    A great read

    unlike many collections this one hangs together very well. the essays build an interesting and insightful perspective(s) on the whole issue of collective memory.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2004

    Eye opening

    A stunning collection from various scholars working in various fields of study. As a person interested in issues of memorials and monuments, I found this volume really opened my eyes to the broader theoretical issues surrounding 'public memory.'

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