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Prosthetic Memory : The Transformation of American Remembrance in the Age of Mass Culture - Alison Landsberg

Prosthetic Memory

The Transformation of American Remembrance in the Age of Mass Culture

Hardcover Published: 14th April 2004
ISBN: 9780231129268
Number Of Pages: 240
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Instead of compartmentalizing American experience, the technologies of mass culture make it possible for anyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender to share collective memories -- to assimilate as personal experience historical events through which they themselves did not live. That's the provocative argument of this book, which examines the formation and potential of privately felt public memories. Alison Landsberg argues that mass cultural forms such as cinema and television in fact contain the still-unrealized potential for a progressive politics based on empathy for the historical experiences of others. The result is a new form of public cultural memory -- "prosthetic" memory -- that awakens the potential in American society for increased social responsibility and political alliances that transcend the essentialism and ethnic particularism of contemporary identity politics.

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" "Prosthetic Memory: The Transformation of American Rememberance in the Age of Mass Culture" provides an intriguing...assessment of the current popular interest in mass-mediated images of the past." -- Wayne K. Hobson, "History"

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Memory, Modernity, Mass Culturep. 1
Prosthetic Memoryp. 25
The Prosthetic Imagination: Immigration Narratives and the "Melting Down" of Differencep. 49
Remembering Slavery: Childhood, Desire, and the Interpellative Power of the Pastp. 81
America, the Holocaust, and the Mass Culture of Memory: The "Object" of Rememberingp. 111
Epilogue: Toward a Radical Practice of Memoryp. 141
Notesp. 157
Bibliographyp. 193
Indexp. 209
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ISBN: 9780231129268
ISBN-10: 0231129262
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 14th April 2004
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.45