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Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America

Erika Doss


Erika Doss is Professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where she teaches courses in American, modern, and contemporary art. She is the author of Benton, Pollock, and the Politics of Modernism: From Regionalism to Abstract Expressionism (1991), Spirit Poles and Flying Pigs: Public Art and Cultural Democracy in American Communities (1995), Elvis Culture: Fans, Faith, and Image (1999), Looking at Life Magazine (editor, 2001), Twentieth-Century American Art (2002), and Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America (2010). Doss is also co-editor of the "Culture America" series at the University Press of Kansas, and is on the editorial boards of Memory Studies, Public Art Dialogue, and Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief. Her current research project is Spiritual Moderns: Twentieth Century American Artists and Religion