Rhetorical spaces in memorial places: The cemetery as a rhetorical memory place/space

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Abstract

Focusing on a seacoast New Hampshire African American burying ground and the grave of a white woman buried in a Massachusetts rural cemetery, this article considers how the essential nature of the cemetery makes it both a very usual and unusual memory place. Considering de Certeau’s distinctions between space and place as well as Foucault’s definition of a heterotopia, this paper argues that the paradoxes of the heterotopia combined with the symbolism and materiality of the grave make the cemetery a particularly potent lieu de mémoire for those otherwise forgotten in public memory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-81
Number of pages31
JournalRhetoric Society Quarterly
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

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