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The Stages of Memory

Reflections on Memorial Art, Loss, and the Spaces Between

James E. Young (author)

ISBN: 9781625343611

Publication Date: Apr 2018

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

From around the world, James E. Young has been called on to help guide the grief stricken and survivors in how to mark their losses. This poignant, beautifully written collection of essays offers personal and professional considerations of what Young calls the "stages of memory," acts of commemoration that include spontaneous memorials and permanent structures integrated into sites of tragedy.
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From around the world, whether for New York City's 9/11 Memorial, at exhibits devoted to the arts of Holocaust memory, or throughout Norway's memorial process for the murders at Utøya, James E. Young has been called on to help guide the grief stricken and survivors in how to mark their losses. This poignant, beautifully written collection of essays offers personal and professional considerations of what Young calls the "stages of memory," acts of commemoration that include spontaneous memorials of flowers and candles as well as permanent structures integrated into sites of tragedy. As he traces an arc of memorial forms that spans continents and decades, Young returns to the questions that preoccupy survivors, architects, artists, and writers: How to articulate a void without filling it in? How to formalize irreparable loss without seeming to repair it?

Richly illustrated, the volume is essential reading for those engaged in the processes of public memory and commemoration and for readers concerned about how we remember terrible losses.
Illustrations 115 colour illustrations
Pages 256
Dimensions 235 x 178
Date Published 30 Apr 2018
Publisher University of Massachusetts Press
Series Public History in Historical Perspective
Subject/s The arts: general issues   History of art / art & design styles   Architecture   History: specific events & topics   Public buildings: civic, commercial, industrial, etc   Jewish studies  
James E. Young is Distinguished University Professor of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He served on the design selection committee for the Berlin Denkmal and was a member of the jury of New York City's September 11 Memorial design competition.

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