Present Pasts: Urban Palimpsests and the Politics of Memory / Edition 1

Present Pasts: Urban Palimpsests and the Politics of Memory / Edition 1

by Andreas Huyssen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804745617

ISBN-13: 9780804745611

Pub. Date: 01/15/2003

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Memory of historical trauma has a unique power to generate works of art. This book analyzes the relation of public memory to history, forgetting, and selective memory in Berlin, Buenos Aires, and New York—three late-twentieth-century cities that have confronted major social or political traumas. Berlin experienced the fall of the Berlin Wall and the city’

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Memory of historical trauma has a unique power to generate works of art. This book analyzes the relation of public memory to history, forgetting, and selective memory in Berlin, Buenos Aires, and New York—three late-twentieth-century cities that have confronted major social or political traumas. Berlin experienced the fall of the Berlin Wall and the city’s reemergence as the German capital; Buenos Aires lived through the dictatorships of the 1970s and 1980s and their legacy of state terror and disappearances; and New York City faces a set of public memory issues concerning the symbolic value of Times Square as threatened public space and the daunting task of commemorating and rebuilding after the attack on the World Trade Center.

Focusing on the issue of monumentalization in divergent artistic and media practices, the book demonstrates that the transformation of spatial and temporal experience by memory politics is a major cultural effect of globalization.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804745611
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
01/15/2003
Series:
Cultural Memory in the Present Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
482,106
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Introduction1
1Present Pasts: Media, Politics, Amnesia11
2Monumental Seduction: Christo in Berlin30
3The Voids of Berlin49
4After the War: Berlin as Palimsest72
5Fear of Mice: The Times Square Redevelopment85
6Memory Sites in an Expanded Field: The Memory Park in Buenos Aires94
7Doris Salcedo's Memory Sculpture: Unland: The Orphan's Tunic110
8Of Mice and Mimesis: Reading Spiegelman with Adorno122
9Rewritings and New Beginnings: W. G. Sebald and the Literature on the Air War138
10Twin Memories: Afterimages of Nine/Eleven158
Notes165

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