Public Forgetting The Rhetoric and Politics of Beginning Again

ISBN-10: 0271036664

ISBN-13: 9780271036663

Edition: 2010

Authors: Bradford Vivian

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Forgetting is usually juxtaposed with memory as its opposite in a negative way: it is seen as the loss of the ability to remember, or, ironically, as the inevitable process of distortion or dissolution that accompanies attempts to commemorate the past. The civic emphasis on the crucial importance of preserving lessons from the past to prevent us from repeating mistakes that led to violence and injustice, invoked most poignantly in the call of "Never again" from Holocaust survivors, tends to promote a view of forgetting as verging on sin or irresponsibility. In this book, Bradford Vivian hopes to put a much more positive spin on forgetting by elucidating its constitutive role in the formation and transformation of public memory. Using examples ranging from classical rhetoric to contemporary crises like 9/11, Public Forgetting demonstrates how, contrary to conventional wisdom, communities may adopt idioms of forgetting in order to create new and beneficial standards of public judgment concerning the lessons and responsibilities of their shared past.
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Publication date: 6/7/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Forgetting in Public Life: An Idiomatic History of the Present
The Two Rivers, Past and Present
Forgetting Without Oblivion
Public Forgetting: Alternate Histories, New Heuristics
Hallowed Ground, Hollow Memory: Rhetorical Form and Commemorative Politics on September 11, 2002
Historical Forgetting: John W. Draper and the Rhetorical Dimensions of History
Cultural Forgetting: The "Timeless Now" of Nomadic Memories
Moral and Political Forgetting: Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Second Inaugural
Conclusion
Notes
References
Index
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