Places of public memory: The rhetoric of museums and memorials

G. Dickinson, C. Blair, Brian Ott

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Abstract

Though we live in a time when memory seems to be losing its hold on communities, memory remains central to personal, communal, and national identities. And although popular and public discourses from speeches to films invite a shared sense of the past, official sites of memory such as memorials, museums, and battlefields embody unique rhetorical principles. Places of Public Memory: The Rhetoric of Museums and Memorials is a sustained and rigorous consideration of the intersections of memory, place, and rhetoric. From the mnemonic systems inscribed upon ancient architecture to the roadside accident memorials that line America’s highways, memory and place have always been deeply interconnected. This book investigates the intersections of memory and place through nine original essays written by leading memory studies scholars from the fields of rhetoric, media studies, organizational communication, history, performance studies, and English. The essays address, among other subjects, the r
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Alabama Press
StatePublished - 2010

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    Dickinson, G., Blair, C., & Ott, B. (2010). Places of public memory: The rhetoric of museums and memorials. University of Alabama Press.