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Monuments and film-monuments: On the place of works of art in the collective representations of the Vietnam war in the United States

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KeywordsTriple Keywords
Retention (Psychology)
Memory
Novellas (Short novels)
Stories
Metafiction
Fiction
Novels
Fiction--Philosophy
Films
Feature films--History and criticism
Motion pictures
Moving-pictures
Cinema
Movies
Western art (Western countries)
Arts, Fine
Fine arts
Iconography
Art, Visual
Arts, Visual
Occidental art
Visual arts
Art
Art, Occidental
Art, Western (Western countries)
Buildings--Design and construction
Construction
Building design
Western architecture (Western countries)
Architecture, Western (Western countries)
Architecture
Beauty
Aesthetics
Beautiful, The
Esthetics
Taste (Aesthetics)

Abstract

‘titrebSummary’/titrebIn a generic way, we have called ‘memory entrepreneurs’ the individuals who aim to change the ‘collective memory’ of a social entity such as a nation. Starting from the case of the memory of the Vietnam war in the United States, we have tried to show that this company of constructing or altering collective memory can take place not only through traditional political discourse and action, but also through artistic works. An attempt has therefore been made to reconstruct the motivations of those entrepreneurs and the meaning of the works created in order to ‘change the collective memory’. In particular, details have been given of the process of constructing Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a national monument dedicated to the American Americans of the Vietnam War, as well as the interaction between this monument and certain fiction films relating to the Vietnamese conflict. In that sense, we have used the expression ‘films-monuments’ in order to refer to fictions whose meaning is as commemorative as fun or ‘aesthetic’.

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