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Deleuze and Memorial Culture

Adrian Parr

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780748627547
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652433 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627547.001.0001
Deleuze and Memorial Culture

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This book presents a detailed study of contemporary forms of public remembrance. It considers the different character traumatic memory takes throughout the sphere of cultural production and argues that contemporary memorial culture has the power to put traumatic memory to work in a positive way. Drawing on the conceptual apparatus of Gilles Deleuze, the book outlines the relevance of his thought to cultural studies and the wider phenomenon of traumatic theory and public remembrance. This approach is interdisciplinary, drawing on media criticism, psychoanalysis, cultural studies, urbanism, continental philosophy and political economy. A number of case studies are examined including the holocaust, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC, 9/11, the Amish shootings in Pennsylvania USA, the documentation and dissemination of US military abuses at Abu Ghraib prison, as well as the consumption and reification of trauma. The book offers a revision of trauma theory that presents trauma not simply as a definitive experience and implicitly negative, but an experience that can foster a sense of hope and optimism for the future.

Keywords: public remembrance; traumatic memory; memorial culture; Gilles Deleuze; cultural studies; traumatic theory; experience; media criticism; psychoanalysis

Book.  216 pages. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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Desire is Social in Deleuze and Memorial Culture

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Utopian Memory in Deleuze and Memorial Culture

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Deleuze and Memorial Culture

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9/11 News Coverage in Deleuze and Memorial Culture

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US Military Abuses at Abu Ghraib in Deleuze and Memorial Culture

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Ground Zero in Deleuze and Memorial Culture

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Berlin and the Holocaust in Deleuze and Memorial Culture

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