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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Pye, David A.
Author's Email Address dpye@lsu.edu
URN etd-11102004-043712
Title The National D-Day Museum as Mystory Praxis
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Communication Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Ruth Laurion Bowman Committee Chair
Michael Bowman Committee Member
Patricia Suchy Committee Member
Keywords
  • autoperformance
  • mystoriography
  • textuality
  • Gregory L. Ulmer
  • performance studies
  • discursive agency
  • personal discourse
  • popular discourse
  • military
  • professional discourse
  • Higgins boats
  • relay
Date of Defense 2004-07-27
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Museums in general are shrines of collected memory and cultural values. The National D-Day Museum, in particular, presents the memory of World War II as a good and just action taken by the Allied forces against the evil of the Axis powers. In contrast with later wars, which might be seen as morally ambiguous or futile, World War II was and is thought of as "the good war." In this study, I explore and express how The National D-Day Museum encourages exploration and expression on the part of the visitor, using Gregory Ulmer’s concept and practice of mystory to analyze the museum as a mystory and also as encouraging mystory praxis on the part of the visitor. While the purpose for encouraging such a process may be to conserve the stated values of the museum and while that indeed may occur, it is my theory that the process functions in a more significant way than simply realizing the pre-determined intent. In brief, a heuristic experience becomes more important than a hermeneutic one. In this way, the museum prompts performative agency on the part of the visitors.
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