Marita Sturken is Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. She is the author of Tangled Memories: The Vietnam War, the AIDS Epidemic, and the Politics of Remembering (1997), Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture (with Lisa Cartwright, third edition 2018), and Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch, and Consumerism From Oklahoma City to Ground Zero (2007), and is the former editor of American Quarterly.
Revealing debates about how to memorialize the last two decades of
enormous social disruption ... from 9/11 to Black Lives Matter ...
[This book is] a relevant discussion of what sacredness of space
means in terms of education, culture, and economics. * Kirkus
Marita Sturken's compelling new book charts a significant shift
in how many Americans today
understand national identity and purpose. Terror remains an active component, but activist
memory projects focused on racial terrorism suggest heightened interests in reckoning with
national histories of inequity and injustice.
There is no scholar better suited to undertake an analysis of
the modes of memorialization in the
post-9/11 era and their relationship to US national identity. In her deft analysis, Sturken
painstakingly articulates the state of memory politics in the contemporary US. This is a must
read for anyone interested in memorial forms and the cultural work they perform.