Mon, Jun 20|
CLE Lecture Hall
The Strange and Unsettled Memory of World War I in America
Time & Location
Jun 20, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
CLE Lecture Hall, 348 S 5th St, Highlands, NC 28741, USA
About the Event
Through the examination of a wide range of cultural artifacts (including monuments, paintings, movies, and works of literature), this presentation will focus on how and why World War I became America's "forgotten war". ironically, few conflicts in American history have been as intensely commemorated. Throughout the 1920's and 1930's, towns and cities from coast to coast created literally thousands of community war memorials, many of which still hide in plain sight today. Hollywood embraced the war's memory as well in blockbusters like THE BIG PARADE (1925), the second highest grossing film of the silent era, and ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, which swept the Oscars in 1930. However, after the end of the Second World War, a larger and even more transformational conflict, World War I essentially disappeared from the national consciousness. This presentation will consider the historical and cultural reasons for this.
Location: CLE Lecture Hall
Presenter: Steven Trout is Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at the University of Alabama. He is the author of three books - The Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Angel Fire: War, Remembrance, and an American Tragedy, On the Battlefield of Memory: The First World War and American Remembrance, 1919-1941, and Memorial Fictions: Willa Cather and the First World War - and the editor or coeditor of multiple volumes.