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The Profanity of Memory: Temporality and the Rhetoric of ‘Too Soon’

Kendall R. Phillips, Ph.D.


The temporality of public memory is perhaps most evident when there are
objections that some irreverent comment is made ‘too soon’ after a traumatic
event. This essay explores this dimension of sacred temporality and a corollary
sense of sacred space in relation to moments and spaces of remembrance.