Tangled Memories: The Vietnam War, the AIDS Epidemic, and the Politics of Remembering (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Jan 29, 1997 - History - 358 pages
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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 Qui
  

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User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

I particularly appreciated Sturken's work on Vietnam docudramas and the tangling of memory and history. Read full review

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

User Review  - Emerson French - Goodreads

I had to read the introduction for my art history seminar. It's actually very intriguing. The primary focus of the text is about the building and interpretation of monuments. Anyone into art history should read this or at least the beginning. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Camera Images and National Meanings
19
The Wall and the Screen Memory The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
44
Reenactment and the Making of History The Vietnam War as Docudrama
85
Spectacles of Memory and Amnesia Remembering the Persian Gulf War
122
AIDS and the Politics of Representation
145
Conversations with the Dead Bearing Witness in the AIDS Memorial Quilt
183
Bodies of Commemoration The Immune System and HIV
220
Afterword
255
Notes
261
Bibliography
303
Index
351
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Page 8 - I have sought to suggest that this value attached to narrativity in the representation of real events arises out of a desire to have real events display the coherence, integrity, fullness, and closure of an image of life that is and can only be imaginary.

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

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