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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book titled Landscape of Memory: Commemorative monuments, memorials and public statuary in post-apartheid South Africa and its chapters. The book focuses on the official representation, commemoration and memorialisation of selected persons and 'memorable' episodes of the past. Commemoration manifests itself, among other ways, in the (re)naming of streets, cities, and public buildings; the construction of new museums, documentation and interpretation centres; the reenactment of battles and historical events; the identification and official marking of new heritage sites; and the installation of memorials, monuments and public statuary. The chapter argues that post-apartheid monuments - their very existence, their setting, their content, their design, their intended meaning, their discursive strategies - are intricately bound to and determined by the literal presence, metaphorical power and specific physical properties of the commemorative markers inherited from the old order.

Keywords: commemorative monuments; memorialisation; post-apartheid monuments; post-apartheid South Africa; public statuary



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