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The Resource Figures of memory : the rhetoric of displacement at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Michael Bernard-Donals

Figures of memory : the rhetoric of displacement at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Michael Bernard-Donals

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Figures of memory : the rhetoric of displacement at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Title
Figures of memory
Title remainder
the rhetoric of displacement at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Statement of responsibility
Michael Bernard-Donals
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Explores how the USHMM and other museums and memorials both displace and disturb the memories that they are trying to commemorate. Figures of Memory examines how the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, DC, uses its space and the design of its exhibits to 'move' its visitors to memory. From the objects and their placement to the architectural design of the building and the floor plan, the USHMM was meant to teach visitors about the Holocaust. But what Michael Bernard-Donals found is that while they learn, and remember, the Holocaust, visitors also call to mind other, sometimes unrelated memories. Partly this is because memory itself works in multidirectional ways, but partly it's because of decisions made in the planning that led to the creation of the museum. Drawing on material from the USHMM's institutional archive, including meeting minutes, architectural renderings, visitor surveys, and comments left by visitors, Figures of Memory is both a theoretical exploration of memory--its relation to identity, space, and ethics--and a practical analysis of one of the most discussed memorials in the United States. The book also extends recent discussions of the rhetoric of memorial sites and museums by arguing that sites like the USHMM don't so much 'make a case for' events through the act of memorialization, but actually displace memory, disturbing it--and the museum visitor--so much so that they call it into question. Memory, like rhetorical figures, moves, and the USHMM moves its visitors, figuratively and literally, both to and beyond the events the museum is meant to commemorate"--Publisher's website
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Bernard-Donals, Michael F.,
Dewey number
940.53/18074753
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Memory
  • Memorials
  • Memorials
  • Displacement (Psychology)
  • Rhetoric and psychology
  • Museum visitors
  • Museum exhibits
  • Museums
  • Museums
Target audience
adult
Label
Figures of memory : the rhetoric of displacement at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Michael Bernard-Donals
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Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Introduction: Displacements of memory at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum -- Delinquent spaces -- Figures of authenticity -- Enacting memory -- Kairotic space and the ethics of engagement -- "Events of the world" : the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and the ethics of memory
Control code
ocn945735819
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781438460789
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unknown
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)945735819
Label
Figures of memory : the rhetoric of displacement at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Michael Bernard-Donals
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Introduction: Displacements of memory at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum -- Delinquent spaces -- Figures of authenticity -- Enacting memory -- Kairotic space and the ethics of engagement -- "Events of the world" : the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and the ethics of memory
Control code
ocn945735819
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781438460789
Level of compression
unknown
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)945735819

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