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

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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 our conventional understanding of nationhood, identity, and American culture. She brilliantly compares the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and ...more
Paperback, 358 pages
Published February 28th 1997 by University of California Press (first published January 29th 1997)
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Ashley
Jan 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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This book isn't for everyone-- it is awfully heavy on the cultural studies "lets-just-put-stuff-together-and-see-what-sticks" kind of thing. However, if you can get past your initial response to "AIDS and Vietnam" I promise you will be happy.

For me, the most valuable chapter was the introduction/literature review and the pieces on Vietnam. Her book provides a fantastic model for thinking about the past as a force actively shaping the present as it is shaped by the present. That said, it does fee
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Starbubbles
Jan 19, 2009 rated it liked it
other than the historic inaccuracies that should have been checked and elminated before releasing the first edition, yet alone the second, it was a decent book. memory is inaccurate, which is kind of the point. but what makes collective memory is the weaving together of multiple groups accurate and inaccurate perspectives on historic events. sturken (a non-historian -journalist- writing about a history field of study) does descent job relaying public moods and interpretations of vietnam, the gul ...more
Emerson French
Sep 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
I had to read the introduction for my art history seminar. It's actually very intriguing. The primary focus of the text is about the building and interpretation of monuments. Anyone into art history should read this or at least the beginning.
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Tori
Jun 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great book about how we remember the past. Relevant 10 years ago when I was starting college, not sure how applicable today, but I remember it being a quick read.
Mike
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I particularly appreciated Sturken's work on Vietnam docudramas and the tangling of memory and history.
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Marita Sturken is a professor and chair in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. Her work spans the fields of cultural studies, visual culture, American studies, and memory studies with an emphasis on cultural memory, national identity, consumer culture, art, and the cultural effects of technology.
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