In our text, Helmers says the following that we can use to study memorial sites:
- "You not only want to describe what is there before you, you also want to understand why the creator made certain choices." p. 28
- "What don't we see and why?" p. 46
- "What is missing from this image is any acknowledgement that this building represented the lived experience of inhabitants." p. 47
- What are the "consequences of erasing the knowledge of actual hardship"? p. 48
- "Questions about what visitors to the [memorials] see, who controls what is visible, and what meanings are available to visitors are important to those who study the rhetoric of place." p. 68
- It is important to consider "how the story should be told and remembered." p. 69
Choose one of the following memorial sites and explore the online presence for the memorial -- what is found on websites about the memorial including images, videos and copies of hard copy documents including things like brochures. Is it up to you what images/items you choose to focus on, but choose at least two items so you don't have one limited view:
- Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum
- Plantations (You can choose one or compare both.)
- US/Mexico Border Fence - What to Look At? Technically no memorials exist. Here are some possible places to look, but feel free to find your own:
For the site you chose, do a two step analysis:
- Analyze the site using the Prewriting Questions on pages 80-81(read the paragraph before starting "For this assignment"), and the first paragraph under "On Display: Monuments. (This includes analyzing the images using the frameworks on pgs. 34-36.)
- Discuss the images you analyzed related to one of the quotes above, especially the idea, "What is missing from this image is any acknowledgement that this building represented the lived experience of inhabitants." Talk about how you see the images related to the memorial doing that or not doing that.
Post your response in Blackboard:
- introduce what site you analyzed and what you looked at as part of the analysis.
- Provide your analysis using the instructions on pages 80-81. Use the models in the text to write your analysis.
- Complete your response with your answer to the question of whether or not the memorial does present the "lived experience of [the] inhabitants." Tell why you think it does/does not do that, and provide specifics to backup your statement.
- Makes clear to the reader how the analysis is structured.
- Does more than just tell what you see.
- Provides a deeper analysis of the visual elements than just what you see.
- Provides a new way of looking/thinking about the elements being analyzed.
- Uses formal terms from readings (textbook and libguides)
- Covers all relevant aspects of the chosen analysis approach.