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Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America

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In the past few decades, thousands of new memorials to executed witches, victims of terrorism, and dead astronauts, along with those that pay tribute to civil rights, organ donors, and the end of Communism have dotted the American landscape. Equally ubiquitous, though until now less the subject of serious inquiry, are temporary memorials: spontaneous offerings of flowers

Hardcover, 480 pages
Published July 30th 2010 by University Of Chicago Press
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Dec 18, 2012 Lynn rated it liked it
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I was not a fan on my first read. Luckily, there were these elements that kept creeping into my mind. Crowding my thoughts. I found myself going back to this book for several months. I think it is really well research, well argued, and I rather enjoy her semi snarky tone. I love some of the people she quotes, my total idols. I like that she speaks from the point of view of artists, philosophers, sociologists, architects, politicians, economist, writers, historians, and of course- the Public (in ...more
Warren Perry
May 30, 2011 Warren Perry rated it liked it
Doss has an agenda in her writing-- I guess most of us do-- and she has a severe problem with tradition. Her analysis of the American monument explosion is thorough, but her writing is choppy at times. Also, she does not acknowledge simple motives like patriotism; at times, she over-analyzes the obvious. Her assessment of new motives-- guilt, anger-- behind our recent monuments bears reading, but I don't think she has done her best writing yet.
Kim Lacey
May 22, 2012 Kim Lacey rated it liked it
Very thorough account of American memorials. I can see myself using chapters of this book for future courses, especially the Intro and chapter 1. The way Doss lays out the book makes it accessible to begin with any of the later chapters after reading the intro/ch. 1. (These later chapters are themed by emotions: "grief" "fear" "gratitude" "shame" and "anger".) Tons of illustrations and well written.
Jul 15, 2013 Marta rated it it was amazing
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I needed to read two chapters from this for work, but it was so absorbing that I just read the whole thing. So good.
Apr 01, 2011 Jennie rated it really liked it
affect. so much of it.
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