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Sanctities, Blasphemies and the (Jewish) Nation: Commemorative Inscriptions at a National Memorial Site in Israel
Postscripts
  • Chaim Noy, Sapir College
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2008
Keywords
  • discourse,
  • commemoration,
  • collective identity,
  • Jewish identity,
  • writing
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
https://doi.org/10.1558/post.v4i2.199
Abstract

In this article I rematerialize discourse that is articulated in the shape of commemorative visitor book entries, in a national-military commemoration site in Jerusalem, Israel. The materiality and communicative affordances of the commemorative visitor book, the physical environment in which it is situated and which grants it meaning, and the modes of interaction and inscription that it affords are examined. Located in a densely symbolic national commemoration site, the impressively looking book does not merely capture visitors’ reflections. Instead, it serves as a device that allows participation in acollective-national rite. While seemingly designated as a visitor book, the discursive device functions performatively as a portal or interface between visitors, on the one side, and the (Jewish) nation and thedead and living soldiers, on the other side.

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Postscripts, v. 4, issue 2, p. 199–218.

Citation Information
Chaim Noy. "Sanctities, Blasphemies and the (Jewish) Nation: Commemorative Inscriptions at a National Memorial Site in Israel" Postscripts Vol. 4 Iss. 2 (2008) p. 199 - 218
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/chaimnoy/13/