Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Anguish and Memory in the South Florida Landscape: The Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial
by Maguire, Patricia Alice, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2010, 85; 10305721
Abstract (Summary)

This paper will undertake an analysis of the Miami Holocaust Memorial through first reviewing the literature informing the knowledge on memorialization. Rhetorical research, visual anthropology, and material culture theory will contribute to the methodology used in the study presented here. An analysis of the Miami memorial will further this study through examining how the memorial's design influences the experience visitors encounter. A framework for the study of the Miami memorial will be provided including research on the theoretical implications of the design. A short analysis of Jochen Gerz's Monument Against Fascism and War in Harburg, Germany and Anish Kapoor's “Memory” sculpture installation at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City will further the study through a comparison of memory work as it is presented by memorial architects and artists. Various aspects of material culture will be used in the analysis of war memorialization, such as landscapes, monuments, and art. Through the observation of landscapes, as well as memorials, an in-depth analysis of cultural memory and the act of remembering will develop. This paper will attempt to combine a theoretical methodology while utilizing observations from the field to elicit a framework that will deepen an understanding of how landscape, monuments, and other material objects are used to remember war. Through an examination of the manner in which the design of a memorial, as well as the landscape in which it is situated impacts the experience of the memorial project, as exemplified in post-modern memorials, including living and counter memorials, an understanding of the memorial as tool for manipulation of societal norms will be analyzed.

Keywords: Memorialization, Counter-memorial, Living memorial, Post-modern, Collective memory

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gilfedder, Deirdre
Commitee: Thomas, Julie
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: Global Communications
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Design, Holocaust Studies
Keywords: Collective memory, Florida, Holocaust Memorial, Miami Beach, Postmodern, War memorialization
Publication Number: 10305721
ISBN: 978-1-369-49285-9
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