1st Edition

The Politics and Rhetoric of Collective Remembering

Edited By John E. Richardson, Tomaso M. Milani Copyright 2025
    266 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book critically examines the ways that collective pasts are commemorated and contested in a wide variety of national locations, media and genres.

    Collective remembering is a dynamic process, through which narratives about the past, about ‘us’ and ‘them’ as well as beliefs, values and affective conditions contained in these stories, are produced and reproduced. This facilitates room for the creation of unity but also the potential for contestation and conflict, given that different interpretations of the past are often vehicles for opposing political interests. This book reflects the geographical breadth and empirical depth of the field of collective remembering. Foregrounding the idea that collective remembering always entails contestation, individual chapters explore the field of remembrance and its various genres – including murals, memorials, museums, newspaper reports, speeches, textbooks, tourist tours and the work of community activists – in countries as diverse as Australia, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Portugal, South Africa, the UK and the USA.


    This volume will be of interest to advanced students and researchers in Critical Discourse Studies, Memory Studies, Rhetoric and Communications. The chapters in this book were originally published in Critical Discourse Studies.

    Introduction – Discourses of collective remembering: Contestation, politics, affect

    Tommaso M. Milani and John E. Richardson


    1. Genealogy and critical discourse analysis in conversation: texts, discourse, critique

    Seantel Anaïs


    2. Rhetoric, death, and the politics of memory

    James Martin


    3. Memory practices and colonial discourse: on text trajectories and lines of flight

    Felicitas Macgilchrist, Johanna Ahlrichs, Patrick Mielke and Roman Richtera


    4. A politics of reminding: Khoisan resurgence and environmental justice in South Africa’s Sarah Baartman District

    Scott Burnett, Nettly Ahmed, Tahn-dee Matthews, Junaid Oliephant and Aylwyn M. Walsh


    5. The place of Palestinians in tourist and Zionist discourses in the ‘City of David’, occupied East Jerusalem

    David Landy


    6. “A day that unites the nation”: Contestation of history in national day discussions

    Brianne Hastie, Martha Augoustinos and Kellie Elovalis


    7. Manipulating information and manipulating people: Examples from the 2004 Portuguese Parliamentary Celebration of the April Revolution

    Michael Billig and Cristina Marinho


    8. 21st century discourses of lynching

    Ersula J. Ore


    9. Representing the (un)finished revolution in Belfast's political murals

    Stephen Goulding and Amy McCroy


    10. Memory, media, and museum audience’s discourse of remembering

    Chaim Noy


    11. Politics of Memory, Urban Space, and the Discourse of Counterhegemonic Commemoration: A Discourse-Ethnographic Analysis of the ‘Living Memorial’ in Budapest’s Liberty Square

    Natalia Krzyżanowska


    12. Responsibility for justice in action: Commemoration, affect and politics at Il Memoriale della Shoah in Milan

    Tommaso M. Milani and John E. Richardson


    John E. Richardson is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool. His research interests include critical discourse studies, rhetoric and argumentation, British fascism and commemorative discourse. He is Editor of the international journal Critical Discourse Studies.


    Tommaso M. Milani is George and Jane Greer Professor of Applied Linguistics, Jewish Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include critical discourse studies with a focus on space and time. He is Co-Editor of the international journal Language in Society.