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Deleuze and Memorial CultureDesire, Singular Memory and the Politics of Trauma$
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Adrian Parr

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627547

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627547.001.0001

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

(p.54) CHAPTER 3 The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Deleuze and Memorial Culture

Adrian Parr

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the veterans' view on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. It highlights the injustice felt by the Vietnam veterans and explains that they view the memorial as a way to neatly transfer them from a subjugated to a dominant subject position. The chapter argues that the memorial is opposed to memorialisation in that it does not attempt to look back and pass judgement or lay blame. Drawing on Gilles Deleuze's concept of sensation and affect, the chapter contends that the memorial presents a nonhuman wound and that the strength of its design comes from the way in which it came to create a whole new set of local values, inventing a variety of violent conditions that were then tossed out into the social field and improvised upon.

Keywords:   Vietnam Veterans Memorial, veterans, Washington D.C, dominant subject position, Gilles Deleuze, sensation, affect, nonhuman wound

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