Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Memorials to Shattered MythsVietnam to 9/11$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Harriet F. Senie

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190248390

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190248390.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 19 November 2019

Immediate Memorials: Mourning in Protest

Immediate Memorials: Mourning in Protest

Chapter:
(p.40) { 2 } Immediate Memorials: Mourning in Protest
Source:
Memorials to Shattered Myths
Author(s):

Harriet F. Senie

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190248390.003.0003

The cemetery rituals that are commonplace at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial have become a familiar, widespread response to sudden death, whether the result of an automobile accident, drive-by shooting, or act of terrorism. This chapter defines immediacy as the most salient and essential characteristic of this mourning ritual. The current variety of references to these clusters as altars or spontaneous memorials that are somehow makeshift reflects their unsettled meaning. Manifested in roadside memorials and widely publicized outpourings to the sudden deaths of celebrities, immediate memorials can be contextualized within the history of American cemeteries. They briefly transform public space into a site of mourning and implicit protest against a range of perceived social ills. Their elements are then stored in national and local archives, transforming them into sanctified relics, thereby amplifying the valorization of victims that is the focus of the permanent built memorials.

Keywords:   immediate memorials, mourning rituals, spontaneous memorials

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .