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New book announcement: Thank You for Dying for Our Country: Commemorative Texts and Performances in Jerusalem


Submitted by syntaxfactory on June 26, 2015 - 10:34am


Chaim Noy, cnoy@usf.edu

New book announcement: Thank You for Dying for Our Country: Commemorative Texts and Performances in Jerusalem

Dear colleagues,

I am happy to share that me new book has appeared: Thank You for Dying for Our Country: Commemorative Texts and Performances in Jerusalem with Oxford University Press.
Information about the book and ordering it are available at Oxford University Press: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/thank-you-for-dying-for-our-coun..., and online bookstores.

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Combining ethnographic, semiotic, and performative approaches, this book examines texts and accompanying acts of writing of national commemoration. The commemorative visitor book is viewed as a mobilized stage, a communication medium, where visitors' public performances are presented, and where acts of participation are authored and composed. The study contextualizes the visitor book within the material and ideological environment where it is positioned and where it functions. The semiotics of commemoration are mirrored in the visitor book, which functions as a participatory platform that becomes an extension of the commemorative spaces in the museum. The study addresses tourists' and visitors' texts, i.e. the commemorative entries in the book, which are succinct dialogical utterances. Through these public performances, individuals and groups of visitors align and affiliate with a larger imagined national community. Reading the entries allows a unique perspective on communic!
ation practices and processes, and vividly illustrates such concepts as genre, voice, addressivity, indexicality, and the very acts of writing and reading. The book's many entries tell stories of affirming, but also resisting the narrative tenets of Zionist national identity, and they illustrate the politics of gender and ethnicity in Israel society.

DISCOUNT CODE: AAFLYG6

Thank you,

Chaim Noy, cnoy@usf.edu

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