Tangled Memories The Vietnam War, the AIDS Epidemic, and the Politics of Remembering

ISBN-10: 0520206207

ISBN-13: 9780520206205

Edition: 1997

Authors: Marita Sturken
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Description: Analyzing the ways U.S. culture has been formed and transformed in the 80s and 90s by its response to the Vietnam War and the AIDS epidemic, Marita Sturken argues that each has disrupted our conventional notions of community, nation, consensus, and "American culture." She examines the relationship of camera images to the production of cultural memory, the mixing of fantasy and reenactment in memory, the role of trauma and survivors in creating cultural comfort, and how discourses of healing can smooth over the tensions of political events. Sturken's discussion encompasses a brilliant comparison of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the AIDS Quilt; her profound reading of the Memorial as a national wailing wall--one whose emphasis on the veterans and war dead has allowed the discourse of heroes, sacrifice, and honor to resurface at the same time that it is an implicit condemnation of war--is particularly compelling. The book also includes discussions of the Kennedy assassination, the Persian Gulf War, the Challenger explosion, and the Rodney King beating. While debunking the image of the United States as a culture of amnesia, Sturken also shows how remembering itself is a form of forgetting, and how exclusion is a vital part of memory formation.

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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/28/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Camera Images and National Meanings
The Wall and the Screen Memory: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Reenactment and the Making of History: The Vietnam War as Docudrama
Spectacles of Memory and Amnesia: Remembering the Persian Gulf War
AIDS and the Politics of Representation
Conversations with the Dead: Bearing Witness in the AIDS Memorial Quilt
Bodies of Commemoration: The Immune System and HIV
Afterword
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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