• Suzanne England deposited Driving Miss Daisy as Memory Theatre in the group Group logo of TC Memory StudiesTC Memory Studies on MLA Commons 7 years, 3 months ago

    Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Driving Miss Daisy (1986) is examined as a site of memory including: Uhry’s own memories upon which the characters and the play itself are based; the role of memory stories, settings and objects in the unfolding of the relationship be-tween its main characters, Daisy Wertham and her chauffeur, Hoke Colburn; and, as the first play in Uhry’s Atlanta Trilogy, a lieu de mémoire of mid-twentieth century Atlanta. Inspired by the thinking of contemporary theatre scholars, and the work of Maurice Halbwachs (1992) and Pierre Nora (1989), we conceptualize Driving Miss Daisy as memory-theatre, with sites of memory, memory stories and objects, ghosts, hauntings of the past, and a recasting of history to engage memories and cultural identity.