Enshrining the Nation: Monuments to Forgetting and the Invention of Historical Memory
Exploring the tension between remembering and forgetting, Jaymee T. Siao’s book investigates the ways monuments serve to provide an incisive criticism of social reality, and yet also produce, re-write, and politicize historical practices of remembrance. No longer functioning as keepers of memory to be consumed/used by the public, monuments have come to stand stolidly as parodies of a people’s past and present. Analyzed as texts, both cultural and literary, monuments are able to offer a view of history as literally woven into the urban fabric, which allows for social, historical, and cultural critique.
University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, Philippines
Softcover / 9 x 6 inches / 89 pages / BW