The Emotional Life of Contemporary Public Memorials

Towards a Theory of Temporary Memorials

Erika Doss

Erika Doss

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

56 pages | 5-3/4 x 8-1/4 | © 2008
Paper $16.50 ISBN: 9789089640185 Published July 2008 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
From the commemoration of September 11 to the Holocaust memorial in Berlin to the 2004 unveiling of the National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C., recent decades have witnessed a substantial increase in the number of new public memorials built in both Europe and the United States. This volume considers the contemporary explosion of public commemoration in terms of changed cultural and social practices of mourning, memory, and public feeling. Positing memorials as the physical and visual embodiment of our affective responses to loss, Erika Doss focuses especially on the memorial ephemera of flowers, candles, balloons, and cards placed at sites of tragic death in order to better comprehend how grief is mediated in contemporary commemorative cultures.
Things Matter
Public Grief
Mourning Codes
Death Matters
Memory and Public Feeling
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