Emotional Remembering: The Pragmatics of National Memory
Article first published online: 3 JAN 2008
Volume 27, Issue 4, pages 505–529, December 1999
How to Cite
White, G. M. (1999), Emotional Remembering: The Pragmatics of National Memory. Ethos, 27: 505–529. doi: 10.1525/eth.19220.127.116.115
- Issue published online: 3 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 3 JAN 2008
This paper examines spaces in between the "out there" of collective representation and the "in here" of personal cognition and emotion by focusing on acts of public remembrance that are at once individual and collective, personal and national. Reporting on research carried out at the U.S. national memorial to the bombing attack at Pearl Harbor that drew America into World War II, the paper analyzes the discourse of "survivors" who present personal stories in the memorial context. The analysis argues that a repertoire of discursive strategies functions to emotionalize national narrative, while at the same time works to nationalize personal pasts.