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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.

“This book is an essential and long overdue exploration of the relationships between communication history and memory studies. With contributions by leading scholars in both fields, it shows the usefulness of a communication history perspective to understanding the dynamics of past remembrance and the present, at a time when such a perspective is much needed. It is an invaluable resource to anyone interested in the intersection of history, communication, and memory.” —Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

“Memory should be a central concern of every communication scholar, especially to those who work in communication history. Scholars who work in the interdiscipline of memory studies should likewise be concerned with work in communication (particularly communication history). Nicole Maurantonio and David W. Park have assembled a compelling collection that shows how much these fields can mean to each other. Putting together a stellar international roster of authors, they have curated a set of fascinating essays. I am aware of no better gateway to memory studies for communication scholars. This book should be required reading for anyone with a serious interest in understanding collective memory in today’s media environment.” —John Nerone, University of Illinois

“This collection of essays is essential reading for those interested in communication, memory, and history. Bringing together an impressive list of international authors from all ranks of academic life, Communicating Memory & History provides fresh takes on issues related to time and space, narrative construction, materiality/embodiment, and audience reception. The editors convincingly argue that we need to become much better at uncovering the historical roots of our contemporary mediated social lives, since all social questions, deep at heart, are historical.” —Julia Sonnevend, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Communications at the New School for Social Research