This book brings together a variety of perspectives to explore the role of literature in the aftermath of political conflict, studying the ways in which writers approach violent conflict and the equally important subject of peace. Essays put insights from Peace and Conflict Studies into dialog with the unique ways in which literature attempts to understand the past, and to reimagine both the present and the future, exploring concepts like truth and reconciliation, post-traumatic memory, historical reckoning, therapeutic storytelling, transitional justice, archival memory, and questions about victimhood and reparation. Drawing on a range of literary texts and addressing a variety of post-conflict societies, this volume charts and explores the ways in which literature attempts to depict and make sense of this new philosophical terrain. As such, it aims to offer a self-conscious examination of literature, and the discipline of literary studies, considering the ability of both to interrogate and explore the legacies of political and civil conflict around the world. The book focuses on the experience of post-Apartheid South Africa, post-Troubles Northern Ireland, and post-dictatorship Latin America. The recent history of these regions, and in particular their acute experience of ethno-religious and civil conflict, make them highly productive contexts in which to begin examining the role of literature in the aftermath of social trauma. Rather than a definitive account of the subject, the collection defines a new field for literary studies, and opens it up to scholars working in other regional and national contexts. To this end, the book includes essays on post-1989 Germany, post-9/11 United States, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Sierra Leone, and narratives of asylum seeker/refugee communities. This volume’s comparative frame draws on well-established precedents for thinking about the cultural politics of these regions, making it a valuable resource for scholars of Comparative Literature, Peace and Conflicts Studies, Human Rights, Transitional Justice, and the Politics of Literature.
Introduction: Post-Conflict Literature? Chris Andrews and Matt McGuire Section I: Northern Ireland Chapter One:Tragedy and Transnational Justice: Seamus Heaney’s The Cure at Troy Matt McGuire Chapter Two: "Absent and yet somehow still present": Representing the Irish Disappeared in Contemporary Photography and Fiction Stefanie Lehner Chapter Three: "My narrative falters, as it must": Rethinking Memory in Recent Northern Irish Fiction Caroline Magennis Chapter Four: Egg and Sky: Two Ways of Remembering the Northern Ireland Conflict in Deirdre Madden’s One by One in the Darkness Richard Rankin Russell Chapter Five: Stories from Inside: the Prisons Memory Archive Cahal McLaughlin Section II: South Africa Chapter Six: The Postmodern Truths of J.M. Coetzee James Gourley Chapter Seven: Lyric Arrest: South African Poetry after Apartheid Jarad Zimbler Chapter Eight: Haunted Imaginaries: the Anxiety of Influence in Nadine Gordimer’s Fiction Tony Simoes da Silva Section III: South America Chapter Nine: Brazilian Amerindians and the Legacy of the Military Dictatorship Idelber Avelar Chapter Ten: From Private Memory to Public Memory: Transitional Justice and the Revision of Official Memory of the Dirty War in Argentina Michael Humphries and Estela Valverde Chapter Eleven: Transvestites and Traitors in Felix Bruzzone’s Los topos: Resisting the Symbolic Realization of the Junta’s Genocide Project in Argentina Ana Ros Chapter Twelve: Truth, Risk and Trust in Rodrigo Rey Rosa’s Human Material Chris Andrews Section IV: Other Contexts Chapter Thirteen: Therapeutic Truth and Storytelling in the Works of Stasi Poet Sascha Anderson Alison Lewis Chapter Fourteen: After the Fall: Marking Trauma in Art Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers Shane Alcobia Murphy Chapter Fifteen: Family Reunion: The Potential of Digital Storytelling and the Tracing Files of the Australian Red Cross International Tracing Service Milissa Dietz Chapter Sixteen: Justice, the Confessional, and the Objects and Object-Mediated Relations of Loss in Jaume Cabrés’s Confessions Magdalena Zolkos
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