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Negotiating Community Literary Practice: Public Memory Work and the Boston Marathon Bombing Digital Archive

Title

Negotiating Community Literary Practice: Public Memory Work and the Boston Marathon Bombing Digital Archive

Subject

Collective Memory

Description

This study examines Our Marathon <http://marathon.neu.edu>, which is a digital historiography website created in response to the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15th, 2013. As a participatory archive, Our Marathon is an example of community literacy practice. This article explores the construction of community through the public memory work of the archive by examining two collections of archival artifacts: public submissions and the Boston City Archives content. This examination reveals the complexity of community construction, but also the influence of Our Marathon as a material support for the work of public memory. Highlighting the archive's negotiation between an intimate space for community participation in the wake of trauma, and its role as an open, digital archive with global reach, this article demonstrates that tensions of this negotiation are useful to highlight the power of the archive as a location of public memory construction, and can suggest ways Our Marathon and other digital historiographic projects can better foster community participation and formation through the reflexive collection, preservation, and display of archival content.

Creator

Smith, Kevin G.

Publisher

Elsevier Inc.

Date

2016-03-16

Contributor

Vieira, Lisa

Type

Journal Article

Bibliographic Citation

Smith, Kevin G. "Negotiating Community Literacy Practice: Public Memory Work and the Boston Marathon Bombing Digital Archive." Computers and Composition (March 16, 2016): ScienceDirect, EBSCO host.

Files

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Citation

Smith, Kevin G., “Negotiating Community Literary Practice: Public Memory Work and the Boston Marathon Bombing Digital Archive,” Digital Archiving Resources, accessed September 24, 2017, http://dar.cah.ucf.edu/items/show/369.