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WRIGHT, Elizabethada A.

Spring 2003, pages 27-44

Reading the Cemetery, Lieu De Memoire Par Excellance

Abstract:This work uses rhetoric's fourth canon to "read" the cemetery, a bricolage that can tell us both how memory is shaped and some of what is forgotten. As ideal memory sites, cemeteries show how kairos merges with chronos as well as how memory is linked to power and truth. Looking most specifically at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this work analyzes several gravesites as well as the cemetery itself to see how such readings of cemeteries might help us develop a more critical perspective on memory.