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Thank You for Dying for Our CountryCommemorative Texts and Performances in Jerusalem$
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Chaim Noy

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199398973

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199398973.001.0001

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“Write ‘I was impressed’ and not ‘I enjoyed’”

“Write ‘I was impressed’ and not ‘I enjoyed’”

Co-Writing Commemoration

(p.123) Chapter 6 “Write ‘I was impressed’ and not ‘I enjoyed’”
Thank You for Dying for Our Country

Chaim Noy

Oxford University Press

Most of the commutative entries in the book are not authored individually, but are produced jointly by a number of visitors (usually family members, classmates, etc.). The co-produced and co-written entries sometimes index these interactions and at other times conceal them. Following Goffman’s dramaturgical model, the chapter illustrates and adds to the social roles involved in producing visitors’ “faces” on the pages of the book as coherent and proficient utterances. The chapter proceeds to discuss playful utterances, suggesting the important ideological function of “light” or “playful” commemorative texts within the otherwise somber and serious environment. Finally, the chapter addresses visitors’ drawings—the visual grammar that they reveal and how they contribute to the retelling and amplification of ethnonational Zionist narrative.

Keywords:   interaction, ethnography of communication, authorship, co-authorship, animator, humor, drawing, multimodality, visual culture, literacy

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