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The Rhetoric of Counter-Monumentality: The Stolpersteine Project

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As Pierre Nora and James E. Young suggest, memorialization often shares no attachment to our daily lives. The traditional monument is built to contain memories, the result of which is a shrugging off of the obligation to remember. In an attempt to remedy this failing, artists and theorists have turned to a new memorial concept: the counter-monument. Young’s concept of the counter-monument forms the basis for academic inquiry from a number of disciplines. Yet, few critics have analyzed the counter-monument through a rhetorical lens, to ask not what constitutes a counter-monument but instead how such a monument functions to shape public memory and its visitors’ subjectivities. This thesis analyzes the discourse evoked by Gunter Demnig’s Stolpersteine project and suggests how that discourse adds nuance to understandings of both rhetoric and the theoretical concept of the counter-monument.
subject
Counter-Monument
Germany
Monuments
Public Memory
Rhetoric
contributor
Bennie, Natalie (author)
Hyde, Michael J (committee chair)
Atchison, Jarrod (committee member)
Howards, Alyssa (committee member)
date
2019-05-24T08:35:50Z (accessioned)
2019-05-24T08:35:50Z (available)
2019 (issued)
degree
Communication (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/93979 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
The Rhetoric of Counter-Monumentality: The Stolpersteine Project
type
Thesis

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