Public Forgetting
Public Forgetting

Public Forgetting

The Rhetoric and Politics of Beginning Again

Vivian, Bradford

Editorial:
Penn State University Press
ISBN:
978-0-271-03666-3
Forgetting is usually juxtaposed with memory as its opposite in a negative way: it is seen as the loss of the ability to remember, or, ironically, as the inevitable process of dist... Más información
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Editorial:
Penn State University Press
Encuadernación:
Tapa blanda o Bolsillo
Idioma de publicación :
Inglés
ISBN:
978-0-271-03666-3
EAN:
9780271036663
Dimensiones:
2290 x 1520 mm.
Peso:
336 gramos
Nº páginas:
224
Fecha publicación :
01-01-2010
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    Forgetting is usually juxtaposed with memory as its opposite in a negative way: it is seen as the loss of the ability to remember, or, ironically, as the inevitable process of distortion or dissolution that accompanies attempts to commemorate the past. The civic emphasis on the crucial importance of preserving lessons from the past to prevent us from repeating mistakes that led to violence and injustice, invoked most poignantly in the call of "Never again" from Holocaust survivors, tends to promote a view of forgetting as verging on sin or irresponsibility. In this book, Bradford Vivian hopes to put a much more positive spin on forgetting by elucidating its constitutive role in the formation and transformation of public memory. Using examples ranging from classical rhetoric to contemporary crises like 9/11, Public Forgetting demonstrates how, contrary to conventional wisdom, communities may adopt idioms of forgetting in order to create new and beneficial standards of public judgment concerning the lessons and responsibilities of their shared past.

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