impossible, and its circulation adds to its memorialisation. Thus
‘flash-bulb’ memories may be strongly related to media
memories, or mediated forms of memory.
However, the concept of flash-bulb memory also illustrates
the prioritisation of the visual field in writing on memory recall. With
a few exceptions film theorists examining the relationship between
history, memory and film have focused upon visual
ship, visiting seventy country towns as well as capital cities, and
along the way making a hundred speeches. 5 The film commentary attributing to
Elizabeth’s arrival the dawning of the day is entirely consonant with
the hyperbolic royal discourse of the time: memorialisation started
before the tour with the sale of scrapbooks for souvenirs. Commentators
exhausted stocks of superlatives in attempting to convey the tour
, associated particularly with the Communist Party and the Cultural Revolution, though this is also clearly being strongly challenged by modern cosmopolitan imagery influenced by contemporary Western popular arts. Also, photographs are not apparently used in the process of courtship as they are in India. On the other hand, highly idealised wedding photographs, studio portraits of extended family groups, as well as high-quality black and white photographs for the prospective memorialisation of the elderly are all big business in modern-day Kunming.