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Ambitious Confusion: Recovering The Unthought In Contemporary Memorials To The Antebellum South, Aundeah Joann Kearney
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Ambitious Confusion: Recovering the Unthought in Contemporary Memorials to the Antebellum South
Aundeah J. Kearney
Thadious M. Davis
This dissertation examines how contemporary authors and artists who craft memorials to the antebellum South reconcile the presence of disruptive artifacts with narratives of history they inherit as members of a national collective, actively engaging with shared memories of critical moments in the nation’s past. In this study, I identify ambitious confusion as a generative state which moves beyond mere recognition of conflicting histories toward a memorial that successfully manages the reintegration of previously excised artifacts of history. I borrow the ...