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Prosthetic Memory: The Transformation of American Remembrance in the Age of Mass Culture

 
 
 
 
Prosthetic Memory: The Transformation of American Remembrance in the Age of Mass Culture
Author: Alison Landsberg
ISBN 13: 9780231129275
ISBN 10: 231129270
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: 2004-04-14
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
List Price: $32.00
 
 

Prosthetic Memory argues that mass cultural forms such as cinema and television in fact contain the still-unrealized potential for a progressive politics based on empathy for the historical experiences of others. The technologies of mass culture make it possible for anyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender, to share collective memories -- to assimilate as deeply felt personal experiences historical events through which they themselves did not live.