British military personnel’s memories and accounts of service in Northern Ireland

, can be very transitory events, and valuable as they were for informing us about ideas of identity and military participation, it is the memory work conducted through the writing and publication of the memoir which provides, for some, a more satisfactory way of dealing with the experience of trauma. It is a feature of the Northern Ireland memoirs that they can be read as attempts to negotiate – and even overcome – the effects of deployment-induced trauma. A good example is Jack Williams’ preface to his memoir, The Rigger (about a signals operative attached to Special

in The Northern Ireland Troubles in Britain
The educational vision of John McGahern

It is as if what human beings learn is like an article of clothing that can be put on or discarded at will and is detached from the core of their personalities. This approach fails to respect both the unity of the human person and the integrity of education as a practice. This is not to deny that skills have their place and that the enabling skills of literacy and numeracy are a necessary part of education. But what McGahern’s account of education offers in Memoir, relevant essays from the collection Love of the World and from published interviews, is a finely

in John McGahern

place until actually shelled out of their cellar by German gas shells, and invalided home. They were decorated for their heroism, being made Chevaliers of the Order of St Leopold (a Belgian decoration) and awarded the Order of St John of Jerusalem and the British Military Medal.19 Romance also featured in Knocker’s story. During her time in the ‘Cellar-House of Pervyse’, she met and married the Baron Harold de T’Serclaes de Rattendael, a Belgian pilot with ‘an air of recklessness and gaiety’.20 The Baroness de T’Serclaes’s memoir, Flanders and Other Fields, reads

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Introduction Introduction Introduction We have only two substantial eyewitness accounts of the life of Martin Luther. Best known is a 9,000-word Latin memoir by Philip Melanchthon published in Latin at Heidelberg in 1548, two years after the Reformer’s death.1 In 1561, ‘Henry Bennet, Callesian’ translated this pamphlet into English; the martyrologist John Foxe adopted Bennet’s text into his Memorials verbatim, including a number of the Englisher’s mistranslations. For example, where Melanchthon wrote that Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle

in Luther’s lives
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Catherine Millet, Virginie Despentes

its author’s status as editor of the respected magazine Art Press . The success of this work undoubtedly has much to do with its status as the erotic confession of a notably intellectual woman; but this does not by itself account for the book’s popularity. For Millet’s text also owes its success to the highly contemporary aesthetic drama it plays out – a drama all about contact and distance. An erotic memoir can hardly fail

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15 8 Frederick Exley, A Fan’s Notes (1968): authenticity ‘I’ve discovered what alcoholism is’. Before readers get to the main narrative of Frederick Exley’s A Fan’s Notes, they are given a few pointers as to what they might expect to be its major themes. The first signpost is the subtitle, ‘A Fictional Memoir’, indicating a confusing, confused, or paradoxical genre. The confusion is exacerbated with the preliminary ‘A Note to the Reader’, beginning ‘Though the events in this book bear similarity to those of that long malaise, my life, many of the characters

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Heroism, masculinity and violence in Vietnam War narratives

battle, successful action carried out against an enemy, has been an integral part of the way masculinity has been constructed for generations. A simple paradigm, perhaps, but complicated when viewed from the early twenty-first century. Discussing this, the helicopter pilots in Robert Mason’s Vietnam War memoir Chickenhawk ( 1984 ) articulate an interesting paradox. 2 They call themselves ‘chickenhawks’. The metaphor, a hybrid of

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The historiographical legacy of internment

into the back of its neighbour.’47 Duff Cooper saw Italy’s declaration of war as ‘one of the vilest acts in history’ whilst, on the other side of the political fence, George Orwell recorded in his ‘War-time Diary’ that ‘the low-down, cold-blooded meanness’ of Mussolini’s declaration of war had made an impression even on people who barely read the newspapers.48 In Robert Douglas’ memoir of his Glasgow childhood, he recalls how a crowd gathered round an Italian cafe, taunting, ‘Hey, Eyeties! We’re here tae put yer windaes in. You’re no’ gonny get stabbed in the back

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Savage vibrations in ghost stories and D. H. Lawrence’s Kangaroo

‘Pirates’). 46 Although these authors to some extent depict Cornwall as a place of danger and hostile natives, it is probably D. H. Lawrence for his thinly disguised memoir, Kangaroo (1923), who drew most heavily on his personal experiences of feeling unwelcome, involving his perception of stones of sacrifice. Kangaroo is set in wartime, but it is the conflicts between the central character, Somers, and

in Rocks of nation
Documentary form and audience response to Touching the Void

Touching the Void, and its story of disaster and survival against the odds carried huge emotional clout for some commentators and audiences. But the film is also significantly different from the format of Rescue 911 and its imitators. Firstly, Simpson and Yates do not constitute the family unit preferred by such shows. (Despite Simpson devoting his memoir to Yates for saving his life, their friendship has in fact waned in the years since the climb, as noted in numerous press articles about the film.) Secondly, Simpson’s story is largely one of self-rescue, of endurance

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