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By Martin J. Murray


When the previous is painful, as riddled with violence and injustice because it is in postapartheid South Africa, remembrance provides an issue right away functional and moral: how a lot of the previous to maintain and take into account and what kind of to erase and put out of your mind if the recent state is to ever unify and circulation ahead? the hot South Africa’s war of words of this trouble is Martin J. Murray’s topic in Commemorating and Forgetting. extra widely, this e-book explores how collective reminiscence works—how framing occasions, people, and areas useful of popularity and honor includes a selective appropriation of the previous, no longer a mastery of history.


How is the heritage made to seem within the current? In addressing those questions, Murray unearths how collective reminiscence is kept and disseminated in structure, statuary, monuments and memorials, literature, and art—“landscapes of remembrance” that selectively bear in mind or even fabricate background within the carrier of nation-building. He examines such automobiles of reminiscence in postapartheid South Africa and parses the tales they tell—stories by way of flip sanitized, distorted, adorned, and compressed. during this research, Commemorating and Forgetting marks a serious flow towards spotting how the legacies and impositions of white minority rule, faraway from being actually prior, stay embedded in, intertwined with, and printed on the new nation’s right here and now.


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