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Prosthetic Memory The Transformation of American Remembrance in the Age of Mass Culture

by Alison Landsberg

Prosthetic Memory The Transformation of American Remembrance in the Age of Mass Culture Synopsis

Instead of compartmentalizing American experience, the technologies of mass culture make it possible for anyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender to share collective memories-to assimilate as personal experience historical events through which they themselves did not live. That's the provocative argument of this book, which examines the formation and potential of privately felt public memories. Alison Landsberg argues that mass cultural forms such as cinema and television in fact contain the still-unrealized potential for a progressive politics based on empathy for the historical experiences of others. The result is a new form of public cultural memory- prosthetic memory-that awakens the potential in American society for increased social responsibility and political alliances that transcend the essentialism and ethnic particularism of contemporary identity politics.

Prosthetic Memory The Transformation of American Remembrance in the Age of Mass Culture Press Reviews

Prosthetic Memory: The Transformation of American Rememberance in the Age of Mass Culture provides an intriguing...assessment of the current popular interest in mass-mediated images of the past. -- Wayne K. Hobson, History Prosthetic Memory: The Transformation of American Rememberance in the Age of Mass Culture provides an intriguing...assessment of the current popular interest in mass-mediated images of the past. -- Wayne K. Hobson, History Prosthetic Memory: The Transformation of American Rememberance in the Age of Mass Culture provides an intriguing...assessment of the current popular interest in mass-mediated images of the past. -- Wayne K. Hobson, History

Book Information

ISBN: 9780231129275
Publication date: 24th March 2004
Author: Alison Landsberg
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 240 pages
Categories: Cultural studies,

About Alison Landsberg

Alison Landsberg is assistant professor of American cultural history at George Mason University. She lives in Arlington, Virginia.

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