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Silence, Screen, and Spectacle

Rethinking Social Memory in the Age of Information
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ISBN-13:
9781782382812
Einband:
Web PDF
Seiten:
260
Autor:
Lindsey A. Freeman
Serie:
14, Remapping Cultural History
eBook Typ:
PDF
eBook Format:
Web PDF
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
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In an age of information and new media the relationships between remembering and forgetting have changed. This volume addresses the tension between loud and often spectacular histories and those forgotten pasts we strain to hear. Employing social and cultural analysis, the essays within examine mnemonic technologies both new and old, and cover subjects as diverse as U.S. internment camps for Japanese Americans in WWII, the Canadian Indian Residential School system, Israeli memorial videos, and the desaparecidos in Argentina. Through these cases, the contributors argue for a re-interpretation of Guy Debord’s notion of the spectacle as a conceptual apparatus through which to examine the contemporary landscape of social memory, arguing that the concept of spectacle might be developed in an age seen as dissatisfied with the present, nervous about the future, and obsessed with the past. Perhaps now “spectacle” can be thought of not as a tool of distraction employed solely by hegemonic powers, but instead as a device used to answer Walter Benjamin’s plea to “explode the continuum of history” and bring our attention to now-time.

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Acknowledgments   

Introduction
Lindsey A. Freeman, Benjamin Nienass, and Rachel Daniell


PART I: SPECTACULAR MEMORY: MEMORY AND APPEARANCE IN THE AGE OF INFORMATION


Chapter 1. Haunted by the Spectre of Communism: Spectacle and Silence in Hungary’s House of Terror
Amy Sodaro


Chapter 2. Making Visible: Reflexive Narratives at the Manzanar U.S. National Historic Site
Rachel Daniell


Chapter 3. The Everyday as Spectacle: Archival Imagery and the Work of Reconciliation in Canada
Naomi Angel


PART II: SCREENING ABSENCE: NEW TECHNOLOGY, AFFECT, AND MEMORY


Chapter 4. Viral Affiliations: Facebook, Queer Kinship, and the Memory of the Disappeared in Contemporary Argentina
Cecilia Sosa


Chapter 5. Learning by Heart: Humming, Singing, Memorizing in Israeli Memorial Videos
Laliv Melamed


Chapter 6. Arcade Mode: Remembering, Revisiting, and Replaying the American Video Arcade
Samuel Tobin


PART III: SILENCE AND MEMORY: ERASURES, STORYTELLING, AND KITSCH


Chapter 7. Remembering Forgetting: A Monument to Erasure at the University of North Carolina
Timothy J. McMillan


Chapter 8. The Power of Conflicting Memories in European Transnational Social Movements
Nicole Doerr


Chapter 9. Memories of Jews and the Holocaust in Postcommunist Eastern Europe: The Case of Poland
Joanna Michlic


Chapter 10. 1989 as Collective Memory “Refolution”: East-Central Europe Confronts Memorial Silence
Susan C. Pearce


Conclusion: Silence, Screen, and Spectacle: Rethinking Social Memory in the Age of Information and New Media
Lindsey A. Freeman, Benjamin Nienass, and Rachel Daniell


List of Contributors

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