Tangled Memories: The Vietnam War, the AIDS Epidemic, and the Politics of Remembering Marita Sturken

ISBN: 9780520206205

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Tangled Memories: The Vietnam War, the AIDS Epidemic, and the Politics of Remembering by Marita Sturken
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This fascinating investigation into the production of American cultural memory focuses on two of the most traumatic and contested events in recent U.S. history: the Vietnam War and the AIDS epidemic. Each, Marita Sturken argues, disrupts ourMoreThis fascinating investigation into the production of American cultural memory focuses on two of the most traumatic and contested events in recent U.S.

history: the Vietnam War and the AIDS epidemic. Each, Marita Sturken argues, disrupts our conventional understanding of nationhood, identity, and American culture. She brilliantly compares the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the AIDS Quilt as key sites where cultural memory is produced and debated. While debunking the characterization of the United States as a culture of amnesia, Sturken shows that remembering is itself a form of forgetting, and memory an inventive social practice.Sturkens immensely readable and multilayered work considers films, memorials, and bodies as commemorative media.

She shows how television images of events like the Challenger explosion and the Gulf War and Hollywood films about the Vietnam War feed into official histories and operate in concert with cultural objects like yellow and red ribbons, AIDS activist posters, photographs of the immune system, and alternative art works to mediate concepts of identity and nationalism. Tangled Memories illuminates not only how cultural memories are produced and embodied but also what desires, needs, and fantasies they satisfy.



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