Pages from the Past: History and Memory in American Magazines

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 18 thg 5, 2006 - 272 trang
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American popular magazines play a role in our culture similar to that of public historians, Carolyn Kitch contends. Drawing on evidence from the pages of more than sixty magazines, including Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Black Enterprise, Ladies' Home Journal, and Reader's Digest, Kitch examines the role of journalism in creating collective memory and identity for Americans.

Editorial perspectives, visual and narrative content, and the tangibility and keepsake qualities of magazines make them key repositories of American memory, Kitch argues. She discusses anniversary celebrations that assess the passage of time; the role of race in counter-memory; the lasting meaning of celebrities who are mourned in the media; cyclical representations of generational identity, from the Greatest Generation to Generation X; and anticipated memory in commemoration after crisis events such as those of September 11, 2001.

Bringing a critically neglected form of journalism to the forefront, Kitch demonstrates that magazines play a special role in creating narratives of the past that reflect and inform who we are now.

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Summing Up the Twentieth Century
The Lasting Story of September 11th
Public Mourning for the Dead Celebrity
CounterMemory and Living History in Magazines for African Americans
Generational Memory and the Reinterpretation of Youth
Nostalgia Magazines and Reader Recollections
Anniversary Celebrations of a Shared Past
The Present and Future of Media Memory
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Carolyn Kitch is associate professor of journalism at Temple University and author of The Girl on the Magazine Cover: The Origins of Visual Stereotypes in American Mass Media.

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