Irish history and trauma
in Irish cinema in the twenty-first century
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This chapter considers the diminished interest in history films on the part of Irish filmmakers but also the high-profile British filmmakers who have made films about Irish history, including Ken Loach and Stephen Frears. The chapter covers major releases such as The Magdalene Sisters (Peter Mullan, 2002) and The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Ken Loach, 2006) in the context of theories of cultural trauma. The chapter further discusses emigration narratives, including In America (Jim Sheridan, 2002) and Brooklyn (John Crowley, 2015). It further considers the use of melodrama as a narrative mode for relating historical events.

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