ÿIn the past few decades, thousands of new memorials-to executed witches, victims of terrorism, and dead astronauts, along with those that pay tribute to civil rights, organ donors, and the end of Communism-have dotted the American landscape. Equally ubiquitous, though until now less the subject of serious inquiry, are temporary memorials: spontaneous offerings of flowers and candles that materialize at sites of tragic and traumatic death. In Memorial Mania, Erika Doss argues that these memorials underscore our obsession with issues of memory and history, and the urgent desire to express-and claim-those issues in visibly public contexts.ÿDoss shows how this desire to memorialize the past disposes itself to individual anniversaries and personal grievances, to stories of tragedy and trauma, and to the social and political agendas of diverse numbers of Americans. By offering a framework for understanding these sites, Doss engages the larger issues behind our culture of commemoration. Driven by heated struggles over identity and the politics of representation, Memorial Mania is a testament to the fevered pitch of public feelings in America today.
"I believe Memorial Mania will appeal to a wide audience - both inside and outside academia - given the quality of the writing and the presentation of the material.... It is a sign of the quality of Erika Doss's work that I am left wanting more." (Anthropology Works) "What makes Erika Doss's book so valuable is that it reveals the range, complexity, and depth of emotion produced by memorial acts." (American Quarterly)"
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 488
Published: 14th May 2012
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.635