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Tourists of history : memory, kitsch, and consumerism from Oklahoma City to Ground Zero

Author: Marita Sturken
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2007.
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In "Tourists of History", the cultural critic Marita Sturken argues that over the past two decades, Americans have responded to national trauma through consumerism, kitsch sentiment, and tourist practices in ways that reveal a tenacious investment in the idea of America's innocence. Sturken investigates the consumerism that followed from the September 11th attacks; the contentious, ongoing debates about memorials  Read more...
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Sturken, Marita, 1957-
Tourists of history.
Durham : Duke University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)1086174289
Named Person: Timothy McVeigh
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marita Sturken
ISBN: 9780822341031 0822341034 9780822341222 0822341220
OCLC Number: 128236494
Description: xii, 344 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Consuming fear and selling comfort --
Citizens and survivors : cultural memory and Oklahoma City --
The spectacle of death and the spectacle of grief : the execution of Timothy McVeigh --
Tourism and "sacred ground" : the space of Ground Zero --
Architectures of grief and the aesthetics of absence.
Responsibility: Marita Sturken.
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