Senie presents one of the best analyses of trauma collective memory and national identity I ve read in a long time And *Not Only Does She Focus *only does she focus these topics through the lens of public civic art commonly thought of as sacred round she writes so wonderfully and accessibly While it may seem like sacrilege to some I won this in a first reads On the Run giveaway throughoodreads This is a scholarly work so it took longer for me to read Covering how memorials from Vietnam to 911 has evolved over time from war hero s to victims of mass tragedy The has done a wonderful job in each
to discuss each memorial and the problems society faces as we involved in a society that focuses on remembering just the victims and not the story behind the tragedy Senie states her case early in this scholarly work it is now common to create memorials that focus on the mass loss of human life in order to reframe the tragedy By doing this the surviving victims and families of all victims often use the memorial as place to honor those lost in the event and the United States as a whole uses the memorial as a way to reframe the event in a way that promotes Memorials to Shattered Myths Vietnam to 911 traces the evolution and conseuences of a new hybrid paradigm which rants a heroic status to victims of national tragedies and by extension to their families thereby creating a class of privileged participants in the permanent memorial process Harriet F Senie suggests that.
chapter to discuss each and the problems society faces as we
Harriet Senie F. Ë 7 READ & DOWNLOADUence the memorials to follow Throughout her writing flows easily and it will not present any struggle to non academicsOverall there are a few other trends worth mentioning about this work First Senie does connect the memorials to than each other She mentioned European and earlier American memorials which provided design inspiration and provided a short backstory to these Also as she covered each finished memorials elements Senie does so in a way that is tour uide like This is enhanced by the photos of the finished memorials and allows the readers to visit without oing to the actual memorial site Also there are photos of the sites before and during the tragedies mentioned Lastly Senie stressed the shift to honoring victims over those who willingly sacrificed themselves for their country There is no doubt Senie believes *That It Is Not A Good Idea *it is not a ood idea do so as it
Lead To A Cultural Shift Towards The Focus On Meto a cultural shift towards the focus on me me over the older nation first mentality that tied the country together for two hundred years less the Civil War And Senie does make a Meg and the Mystery in Williamsburg (Meg Duncan, good case Thus this work would make for aood book to debate in a book club or humanities course. Iversion 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 a nation of victims exactly the concept they and their accompanying celebratory narratives were apparently created to obscu. Ecular or religious triumphs Many of these memorials are one sided telling the victim s side of the story Both those who caused the event and the history surrounding the event is not usually depicted With this shift to honoring loss of life over wartime sacrifice it appears that the definition of a memorial has changed since the baby a memorial has changed since the Baby were teens Memorials to Shattered Myths follows the traditional academic format Bookended between an introduction and a conclusion there are five sections covering four specific memorials and the newer idea of immediate memorials The first section discussed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and
the latter three covered the memorials build in the aftermath of thelatter three covered the memorials build in the aftermath of the City Bombing Columbine Shooting ad 911 *The second covered the immediate memorials In each case the history *second covered the immediate memorials In each case the history the event is presented first followed with discussion about how the memorial came into being and its design elements By starting the the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Senie shows how the shift began when the veterans of the war began the campaign for the memorial and how this action and the memorials architectural and design elements infl. 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 ,