Memorial Mania: Issues of Commemoration and Affect in Contemporary America

Title

Memorial Mania: Issues of Commemoration and Affect in Contemporary America

Authors

Erika Doss

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Description

Erika Doss, University of Notre Dame.

Since the Revolutionary War, the building of American nationhood has involved the design and presentation of war memorials. The memorials that have been built to commemorate the sacrifices of soldiers from the Civil War to the Vietnam War have taken on new cultural orientations and styles. In the wake of 9/11, there has been great passion for memorial design, and heated disagreements about how to best honor those lost in the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Arguments about how to make use of the land that once held the great monuments of New York’s financial district represent a new generation of memorial mania. Professor Doss will address the influences of historical perspectives on the planning, organizing, and constructing of memorials. She will also discuss how fear, terror, security, and the explosion of modern art influence American memorial taste and national identity.

Publication Date

3-20-2008

Keywords

War Memorials, Memorials, 9/11

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