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Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11

byHarriet F. Senie

Paperback | January 18, 2016

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Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11 traces the evolution and consequences of a new hybrid paradigm, which grants a heroic status to victims of national tragedies, and by extension to their families, thereby creating a class of privileged participants in the permanent memorialprocess. Harriet F. Senie suggests that instead the victims' families be able to determine the nature of an interim memorial, one that addresses their needs in the critical time between the murder of their loved ones and the completion of the permanent memorial. She also observes that the memorials discussed herein are inadvertently based on strategies of diversion and denial that direct our attention away from actual events, and reframe tragedy as secular or religious triumph. In doing so, they camouflage history, and seen as an aggregate, they define anation of victims, exactly the concept they and their accompanying celebratory narratives were apparently created to obscure.
Harriet F. Senie is Director of the M.A. Program in Art History and Art Museum Studies at City College, City University of New York, and also teaches at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of several books and numerous articles on public art, and is co-founder of the international organization Public Art Dialogue and co-editor ...
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Title:Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.91 inPublished:January 18, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial: A Symbolic Cemetery on the National Mall2. Immediate Memorials: Mourning in Protest3. Oklahoma City: Reframing Tragedy as Triumph4. Columbine and the Power of Denial5. Commemorating 9/11: From the Tribute in Light to Reflecting AbsenceConclusionBibliographyIndex

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"What do we memorialize in America today, what-and who-is memorable? Harriet Senie's thoughtful and well researched book considers how many of the nation's contemporary memorials-from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to the September 11 National Memorial-conflate violence and tragic loss withimperatives of collective unity and survival, denying the fissures in the American Dream and diverting Americans from imagining new and different futures." --Erika Doss, author of Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America