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The art of forgetting (Materializin : Materializing Culture (Hardcover) - Adrian Forty

The art of forgetting (Materializin

Materializing Culture (Hardcover)

Hardcover Published: 1st March 1999
ISBN: 9781859732861
Number Of Pages: 232

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In tracing the process through which monuments give rise to collective memories, this path-breaking book emphasizes that memorials are not just inert and amnesiac spaces upon which individuals may graft their ever-shifting memories. To the contrary, the materiality of monuments can be seen to elicit a particular collective mode of remembering which shapes the consumption of the past as a shared cultural form of memory. In a variety of disciplines over the past decade, attention has moved away from the oral tradition of memory to the interplay between social remembering and object worlds. But research is very sketchy in this area and the materiality of monuments has tended to be ignored within anthropological literature, compared to the amount of attention given to commemorative practice. Art and architectural history, on the other hand, have been much interested in memorial representation through objects, but have paid scant attention to issues of social memory. Cross-cultural and interdisciplinary in scope, this book fills this gap and addresses topics ranging from material objects to physical space; from the contemporary to the historical; and from ‘high art’ to memorials outside the category of art altogether. In so doing, it represents a significant contribution to an emerging field.

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'This volume presents a new and intriguing perspective on the relationship between the material and immaterial dimensions of culture, suggesting that people's material technologies of memory are always also their technologies of forgetting.' The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

Introductionp. 1
Ephemeral Monumentsp. 19
Ephemeral Monuments, Memory and Royal Sempiternity in a Grassfields Kingdomp. 21
The Place of Memoryp. 53
Remembering and Forgetting in Images Pastp. 73
Girodet's Portrait of Citizen Belley, Ex-Representative of the Colonies: In Remembrance of 'Things Sublime'p. 75
Bribing the Vote of Fame: Eighteenth Century Monuments and the Futility of Commemorationp. 93
Forgetting Rome and the Voice of Piranesi's 'Speaking Ruins'p. 107
War Memorialsp. 127
Remembering to Forget: Sublimation as Sacrifice in War Memorialsp. 129
Remembering and Forgetting in the Public Memorials of the Great Warp. 147
Commemorating 1916, Celebrating Difference: Parading and Painting in Belfastp. 171
Bibliographyp. 197
Indexp. 211
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ISBN: 9781859732861
ISBN-10: 1859732860
Series: Materializing Culture (Hardcover)
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st March 1999
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1