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Tangled Memories
By Marita Sturken

Tangled Memories

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

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Tangled Memories by Marita Sturken

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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

ISBN: 9780520206205
ISBN-10: 0520206207
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 25-Feb-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Marita Sturken

Marita Sturken is Assistant Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California.

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