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Piero Garofalo, Elizabeth Leake, and Dana Renga

fictional accounts of exile in terms of the space and of the position they occupy in this chapter, to drive home our convictions about the intimate relations between historical narrative, life writing, and literary convention. Lussu, Nitti, Jacometti, and Rosselli, whom we discuss in the section ‘Foundational texts’, have long been considered the standard bearers of the genre for the ways they established its thematic parameters, for the ways the mutual corroboration of their accounts lent them the weight of historical accuracy, and for their respective high political

in Internal exile in Fascist Italy
Ritual in loyal addressing
Edward Vallance

individual addressers and those they represented could gather from participating in this public ritual. 16 Addressing and the individual The importance of addressing as a marker of status both for individuals and groups/communities can be seen in the prominence given to addressing activity in some examples of early modern life-writing. Lengthy reports of addressing activity are a feature not only of Reresby’s memoirs, but also Edmund Calamy’s ‘Accounts’, Benjamin Stinton’s ‘journal’ and Bulstrode Whitelocke’s ‘Diary’. 17

in Loyalty, memory and public opinion in England, 1658–​1727
Grassroots exceptionalism in humanitarian memoir
Emily Bauman

outside the systems of state sovereignty and global capital. Unlike other forms of humanitarian narrative, which are focused on humanitarian crises and projects or on the work of a particular organisation, humanitarian life-writing tells a story of individual education and empowerment. As a result the genre’s emphasis is not the typical one of compassion and pathos, though images of human

in Global humanitarianism and media culture
Rereading internment
George Legg

Heidegger’s conception of ennui.21 In 1919 this became the source of a neurasthenic condition known as ‘barbed-­wire disease’ and, as a result, it has often encouraged a mode of life-­writing that tries to circumvent such afflictions.22 As S.A. Kinnier Wilson has noted, much of the writing about life behind the wire tends to prioritise ‘the amusing trifles of camp life and their power to detract materially from the searing and depressing monotony of camp existence’.23 The example of internment in Northern Ireland differs little in this respect. ‘Prison is meant to depress

in Northern Ireland and the politics of boredom
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Piero Garofalo, Elizabeth Leake, and Dana Renga

affiliation. By blurring distinctions between historical narrative, life writing, and literary convention, these fictional texts adopt representational strategies similar to those of what might be termed ‘foundational’ texts (e.g., Emilio Lussu’s La catena, Francesco Fausto Nitti’s Le nostre prigioni e la nostra evasione, Carlo Rosselli’s Fuga in quattro tempi), which established thematic parameters of confinement narratives. Internal exile was not a homogenous experience, so some writings (e.g., Giovanni Ansaldo’s L’antifascista riluttante, Camilla Ravera’s Vita in carcere

in Internal exile in Fascist Italy
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Michael Lawrence and Rachel Tavernor

exceptional project founder or entrepreneur as the ‘sovereign irrational’ or even ‘fool’. Bauman illustrates the significance of naivety in narratives presenting first-hand accounts of personality-driven enterprises in an increasingly institutionalised humanitarian sector. Bauman argues that popular humanitarian life-writing exploits the genre’s association with confessional authenticity to offer a reassuringly ‘human’ image of

in Global humanitarianism and media culture