The Emotional Life of Contemporary Public Memorials
Title
The Emotional Life of Contemporary Public Memorials
Subtitle
Towards a Theory of Temporary Memorials
Price
€ 32,95
ISBN
9789089640185
Format
Paperback
Number of pages
52
Language
English
Publication date
Dimensions
14.8 x 21 cm

Erika Doss

The Emotional Life of Contemporary Public Memorials

Towards a Theory of Temporary Memorials

From the commemoration of September 11
to the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, recent
decades have witnessed a substantial
increase in the number of new public
memorials built in both Europe and the
United States. This volume considers the
contemporary explosion of public
commemoration in terms of changed
cultural and social practices of mourning,
memory, and public feeling. Positing
memorials as the physical and visual
embodiment of our affective responses to
loss, Erika Doss focuses especially on the memorial ephemera of flowers, candles,
balloons, and cards placed at sites of tragic
death in order to better comprehend
how grief is mediated in contemporary
commemorative cultures.
Author

Erika Doss

Erika Doss is professor and chair of the Department of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA.