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Published: 27 August 2015

304 Pages


ISBN: 9780199381791

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The Politics of Consolation

Memory and the Meaning of September 11

Christina Simko

  • Offers rich and innovative theoretical contributions to the issues of cultural trauma and collective memory.
  • Argues that a key function of American political leaders is to provide consolation in the aftermath of calamitous, unexplainable tragedies.
  • Simko reveals the evolving narrative of national pride invoked after national tragedies by tracing the tropes employed by American political leaders throughout history.

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