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