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Author Sylvester, Christine, 1949- author

Title Curating and re-curating the American wars in Vietnam and Iraq / Christine Sylvester
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]
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Contents Introduction: Whose wars are on view? -- America's wars in Vietnam and Iraq -- Museums, memorials, and novels as sites of war knowledge -- The Smithsonian curates America's wars in Vietnam and Iraq -- Curating the American wars in Vietnam and Iraq at a memorial, cemetery and a traveling tribute to veterans -- Bodies of war curate the American wars in Vietnam and Iraq -- Remembering, forgetting, curating, and re-curating war
Summary We have long saved--and curated--objects from wars to commemorate the war experience. These objects appear at national museums and memorials and in war novels and memoirs. Through them we institutionalize narratives and memories of national identity, power and purpose. This book asks whose vantage points on the American wars in Vietnam and Iraq are available, and where, for public consumption; it also considers whose war experiences are not represented, are minimized, or ignored in ways that advantage contemporary militarism. In looking at how professional curators, ordinary civilian curator
Subject Iraq War (2003-2011)
Vietnam War (1961-1975)
Collective memory -- United States
Curatorship -- United States
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Social aspects -- United States
Memory -- Social aspects -- United States
Military museums -- United States
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Social aspects -- United States
War and society -- United States
War in literature
War memorials -- United States
War -- Historiography
Collective memory.
HISTORY -- Middle East -- General.
Memory -- Social aspects.
Military museums.
Social aspects.
War and society.
War in literature.
War memorials.
United States.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0190840560 (electronic bk.)
0190840587 (electronic bk.)
9780190840563 (electronic bk.)
9780190840587 (electronic bk.)