Unit 5 Post 1 Julie Moock

Birns Reading:

?: Birns writes, “place, as a dramatized landscape, becomes an alternate axis, complementing, and perhaps outflanking, that of time” (pg 20). What it is it about place that transcends time, and how do the drawings and photos Lemon documents connect past with present?

!: “They forestall a premature healing, a rushed reconciliation, ‘The horror is gone’, Lemon observes, ‘But am I making peace?” (pg 22). When we visit memorials, Birns makes the point that coming to some cathartic conclusion on our experience casts away a history we still participate in. Perhaps remembering and healing are ways we clean our hands of further responsibility.

Schneider Reading:

?: On page 102, Schneider discusses the tradition of separating memory versus history. What is the distinction between the two, and can memory only be historical if it is collective?

!: Schneider implies that archiving first depends the destruction of the object, so that it can be immortalized in history. “I have discussed this parricidal impulse as productive of death in order to insure remains.” (pg 105). This relates to Birns’ idea that we ultra-memorialize the past in order to put it behind us.

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