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Communicating Memory & History

Edited By Nicole Maurantonio and David W. Park

Communicating Memory & History takes as its mission the job of giving communication history its full due in the study of memory. Taking three keywords—communication, history, and memory—representing related, albeit at times hostile, fields of inquiry as its point of departure, this book asks how the interdisciplinary field of memory studies can be productively expanded through the work of communication historians. Across the chapters of this book, contributors employ methods ranging from textual analysis to reception studies to prompt larger questions about how the past can be alternately understood, contested, and circulated.

Communicating Memory & History is ideal for teaching, including case studies that elaborate different ways to approach issues in memory studies. While some foundational knowledge would be useful, it is possible to use the text without extensive knowledge of the literature. This book is of particular interest to professors, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students of communication and media studies, as well as scholars and students in cultural studies, history, and sociology—disciplines where one finds steady consideration of issues related to communication, communication history, and memory.

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This volume is the result of collaborative work between the editors and the contributors. Behind the scenes one also finds numerous others whose assistance was necessary to the volume you are now reading.

The volume’s origins can be traced to a pre-conference held during the 2014 annual meeting of the International Communication Association (ICA). This pre-conference, titled “Making Sense of Memory and History,” would not have been possible without the assistance of Michael Haley and Jennifer Le at ICA. Rick Popp was then chair of the ICA Communication History Division, and his enthusiasm and support were integral components of this pre-conference experience. The pre-conference took place at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), where Christine Kolodge worked out local arrangements.

Working with Peter Lang Press has been a most pleasant experience, in large part thanks to the editorial work of Kat Harrison, whose support for this volume has been most appreciated. Mike Doub, Luke McCord, and Jackie Pavlovic at Peter Lang performed essential work for the volume’s completion. It is great to work with this team.

Our contributors are extraordinarily generous scholars, whom we thank heartily for agreeing to be part of this project and for working with us.

Nicole would like to offer her thanks to Virginia Humanities for supporting her sabbatical, as well as colleagues at the University of Richmond in the department of Rhetoric & Communication Studies, the American Studies program, and those involved with the...

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