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Remembering the Alamo : memory, modernity, and the master symbol / by Richard R. Flores.

By: Flores, Richard R.
Material type: TextTextSeries: History, culture, and society series: Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2002Edition: 1st ed.Description: xxi, 192 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0292725396 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780292725393 (cloth : alk. paper); 029272540X (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780292725409 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.) -- Siege, 1836 | Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.) -- Siege, 1836 -- Influence | Memory -- Social aspects -- United States | Symbolism -- Social aspects -- United States | Popular culture -- Texas | Texas -- Ethnic relations | Whites -- Texas -- Social conditions | Mexican Americans -- Texas -- Social conditions | Texas -- History -- 1846-1950Additional physical formats: Online version:: Remembering the Alamo.DDC classification: 976.4/03 Other classification: 15.85
Contents:
The Texas Modern -- The Alamo as Place, 1836-1905. History, Memory-Place, and Silence: The Public Construction of the Past. From San Fernando de Bexar to the Alamo City: The Political Unconscious of Plaza Space. From Private Visions to Public Culture: The Making of the Alamo -- The Alamo as Project, 1890-1960. Cinematic Images: Frontiers, Nationalism, and the Mexican Question. Why Does Davy Live?: Modernity and Its Heroics. Conclusion: The Alamo as Tex(Mex) Master Symbol of Modernity.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 173-183) and index.

Ch. 1. The Texas Modern -- Pt. 1. The Alamo as Place, 1836-1905. Ch. 2. History, Memory-Place, and Silence: The Public Construction of the Past. Ch. 3. From San Fernando de Bexar to the Alamo City: The Political Unconscious of Plaza Space. Ch. 4. From Private Visions to Public Culture: The Making of the Alamo -- Pt. 2. The Alamo as Project, 1890-1960. Ch. 5. Cinematic Images: Frontiers, Nationalism, and the Mexican Question. Ch. 6. Why Does Davy Live?: Modernity and Its Heroics. Conclusion: The Alamo as Tex(Mex) Master Symbol of Modernity.

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The Alamo has been transformed into a hegemonically and racially produced icon of national cultural memory. The way this has been done--analyzing remembering as social practice--is Flores's central focus. His second major focus is that this remembering of the Alamo cannot be understood outside of the project of modernity, defined as "a series of economic changes, social processes, discursive articulations, and cultural forms that result in the transformation of Texas from a largely Mexican, cattle-based society into an industrial and agricultural social complex between 1880 and 1920." "Texan Modern" comprises the social ground of the analysis of the construction of the Alamo and also a "key analytical" gaze. From the latter perspective, this "sacred site in the pantheon of American public history" is exposed as a construct of hierarchical and racialist forces. Flores (Univ. of Texas) develops this exercise in "cultural and historical criticism" through an analysis of the official narrative, the material setting of the site, cinematographic representations, the treatment of heroes (Davy Crocket), and the role of "master symbols" in shaping identities. Richly theorized and well illustrated, referenced, and written (apart from some hundred-word, theoretically excessive sentences!), this study makes a major contribution to the social construction of symbolic places and narratives. Graduate students and faculty. B. Osborne Queen's University at Kingston

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