ENGL4200: The Collective Witness

A new course I’ll be teaching fall 2011 at GSU on the collective imagination and mediated witnessing. The course will look broadly at how traumatic events are memorialized by populations, how those recorded memories move back and forth from the personal to the collective, from private to public, and how different mnemonic technologies emphasize different techniques and types of memory. The readings draw on different cultures, periods, and media to help foreground the how of literary, autobiographical, and automatic memory. This iteration examines our collective memories of environmental disaster in Tohoku and Haiti, genocide in Rwanda and Europe, and acts of war in Hiroshima, Troy, and New York. This work will touch on false memory, distributed memory, diasporic networks, rhetorical strategies across media, transmedia storytelling, oral history, broadcast memory, and poetic memory.

About Ben M.

Assistant Professor of English and Communication at Georgia State University New and Emerging Media Lab
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