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  1. paul, The Art of Commemoration

Message 1: The Art of Commemoration

Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2003 12:14:05 -0500 (EST)
From: paul <>
Subject: The Art of Commemoration

Title: The Art of Commemoration
Subtitle: Fifty years after the Warsaw Uprising
Series Title: Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 7
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins		 
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Editor: Titus Ensink, University of Groningen 
Editor: Christoph Sauer, University of Groningen 

Hardback: ISBN: 1588114252, Pages: xii, 246 pp., Price: USD 85.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027226970, Pages: xii, 246 pp., Price: EUR 85.00

The Art of Commemoration focuses on a particular historical event that
illustrates how nations define their own identities and establish
mutual relations in their discourse: the Warsaw Uprising of August
1944 and its Commemoration in 1994. This Commemoration was an
innovative and unique form of transnational communication because it
brought together representative speakers from all parties
involved. They considered the commemorated event from different
perspectives: the victim (Poland), the former enemy (Germany) and the
former allies (England, USA, France and other countries, as well as
Russia which liberated Poland but had not supported the Uprising). A
letter from the Pope added a Catholic perspective. The 'art of
commemoration' consists in invoking the past events from one�Euro(tm)s
own perspective while simultaneously considering the other
perspectives, as well as in making sense of the past and present at
the same time. This volume analyses the artful way in which the
speakers coped with these complexities in a full discourse analytic
reconstruction of each address.

Table of contents

Preface viii 

1. Facing the past: The commemoration of the Warsaw Uprising on the
occasion of its Fiftieth anniversary 
Titus Ensink and Christoph Sauer 1

2. A discourse analytic approach to the commemorative speeches about
the Warsaw Uprising
Titus Ensink and Christoph Sauer 19 

3. The Messianic Warsaw: Mythological framings of political discourse
in the address by Lech Walesa
Dariusz Galasinski 41 

4. The search for acceptable perspectives: German President Roman
Herzog commemorates the Warsaw Uprising
Titus Ensink and Christoph Sauer 57 

5. A politician's sociology: US Vice President Gore's
categorisation of the participants in the Warsaw Uprising
Harrie Mazeland 95 

6. Framing the past: An analysis of John Major's address 
Christina Sch�ffner 116

7. From commemoration to self-celebration: Explorations in the
interplay of discourse frames and political perspectives in the
address by Ren� Monory
Dani�le Torck 141 

8. How the Russians handled a problem: The Warsaw Uprising in Sergey
Filatov's address
Klaus Steinke 173 

9. Merging frames: A frame analysis of the South African, Canadian,
Australian and New Zealand addresses
Tom Koole 193 

10. Pope John Paul II as a Polish Patriot: The Pope's letter
in commemoration of the Warsaw Uprising
Klaus Steinke 212 

11. The politics of public memory: The commemoration of the Second
World War in a historical and comparative perspective
Frank van Vree 223 


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