William Trevor is one of the most accomplished and celebrated contemporary prose writers in the English language. This book offers a comprehensive examination of the oeuvre of one of the most accomplished and celebrated practitioners writing in the English language. Trevor is very interested in popular literature and how certain genres run through people's lives like tunes or family memories. His characters are often 'turned in on themselves', strange, extreme, at odds with the world. The various betrayals, manipulations and acts of cruelty that constitute the representative events of The Old Boys are typical of Trevor's England. The book also explores the ways in which Trevor's liberal humanist premises condition his response to issues of historical consciousness, ideological commitment and political violence. Trevor's short story, 'Lost Ground', from After Rain, conforms to Aristotle's vision of tragedy because it depicts a truly horrendous situation inside a family in Northern Ireland. Notable screen fictions illustrating long-term migrant themes include Attracta, Beyond the Pale and Fools of Fortune. Trevor's short story 'The Ballroom of Romance' evokes memories of dancehall days, partly explains this public appeal, which was enhanced by the BAFTA award-winning film adaptation of the story by Pat O'Connor. Love and Summer is a lyrical, evocative story of the emotional turbulence based on a critical variety of nostalgia that recognises both the stifling limitations of a small-town environment and the crucial connection between ethics and place.
like tunes or familymemories. There are several
examples of schoolgirl storybooks, affectionately remembered. In Elizabeth
Alone, Elizabeth remembers chattering with her schoolfriend Di Troughton
about ‘the girls of the Chalet School and the girls of the Abbey School, and
Angela Brazil’s girls with their slim black legs, and Wendy and Jinx, and not-sosimple Sophie, and Lettice Leaf the greenest girl in school’ (EA 11). There are
daughters who associate their fathers, fondly, with much-read paperback copies
of Wild West novels. In the beautiful and poignant story of
The idea of Brighton as a hot-bed of radical class-consciousness in inter-war Britain is an unconventional one. That the dominant images of working class England in the middle years of the twentieth century are 'northern' or metropolitan is thanks to a flowering of community and cultural studies for which the research of Mass Observation provided important antecedents. This book argues that a consideration of Richard Hoggart's critics allows us to open up an important set of questions for discussion. It commences with an exploration of class identifications in England since the 1940s. The experience of and meanings attached to class change for individuals across their lives in relation to historically shifting formations of class within cultures. The book then focuses on the twin modernising forces which reshaped working class neighbourhoods in the period between the 1920s and the mid-1970s: slum clearance and council housing. It explores the ways in which people's senses of belonging to and identification with particular neighbourhoods were formed. Conflicts over the transgression of neighbourhood norms regarding acceptable behaviour, arguments over children's noise, over help which went unreciprocated, debts which went unpaid and domestic or intra-family violence were also a feature of neighbourhood life. Through the contested, multivalent remembered experiences of past communities, the complex, relational construction of social memories can be seen. The book also explores the dynamics of working class household economies and examines the continuities which existed between the modern council estates and older districts in terms of cultures of economic and emotional resourcefulness.
Bordering intimacy is a study of how borders and dominant forms of intimacy, such as family, are central to the governance of postcolonial states such as Britain. The book explores the connected history between contemporary border regimes and the policing of family with the role of borders under European and British empires. Building upon postcolonial, decolonial and black feminist theory, the investigation centres on how colonial bordering is remade in contemporary Britain through appeals to protect, sustain and make family life. Not only was family central to the making of colonial racism but claims to family continue to remake, shore up but also hide the organisation of racialised violence in liberal states. Drawing on historical investigations, the book investigates the continuity of colonial rule in numerous areas of contemporary government – family visa regimes, the policing of sham marriages, counterterror strategies, deprivation of citizenship, policing tactics, integration policy. In doing this, the book re-theorises how we think of the connection between liberal government, race, family, borders and empire. In using Britain as a case, this opens up further insights into the international/global circulations of liberal empire and its relationship to violence.
John moved on to 16mm. It was with this
hand-cranked cine-camera that Dad recorded some of my very early childhood.
The films were projected on a basic Baby Pathé projector.’ 26
Early family films show how people told visual stories about
themselves and others. At their simplest, they chronicled moments of
personal and domestic significance for subsequent shared recollection.
Moving images became the collective familymemory
and service, all contributed to a modern culture
which contrasted technology, progress and science with authentic traditions guaranteed by domestic, familymemories. Although, as McTavish
asserts, there may be no such thing as the modern museum, museums
have certainly been key cultural institutions in the creation and assertion
of a multiplicity of modernities, from the hyper-mobile traveller through
time and space of Sandberg’s wax museums, to the national citizen of
Prior’s art museums, to the colonial desires of ethnographic museums.14
The modernities which were
); Alexandra Walsham, Archives of Dissent: FamilyMemory and the English Nonconformist Tradition (London: Dr Williams's Trust, forthcoming).
See chapter 3 , esp. pp. 63–5, 69–71.
See chapter 10 , esp. pp. 185
’s writings on Nest and his kinship networks confirm the importance of kin in the maintenance of identity and familymemory. Such a view has been called ‘clannish’, 27 yet what is significant here is the construction of such an identity through a maternal ancestor. Thus Gerald was proud of the achievements of his kin, and it is female descent through kindred to Nest that is the key focal point for this construction of family identity. This is important because Gerald, writing at the end of the twelfth century, had a perception that female descent was significant to the
the Irish on New Zealand’s West Coast a range of sources to
explore ethnicity were used, including civil registers, street
directories, and immigration files. Yet these sources do not aptly
capture expressions of ethnic consciousness. Fraser also utilised
personal letters and familymemories, including a sequence of letters
from Ellen Piezzi, the Kilkenny-born widow of a Swiss-Italian migrant,
forcible feeding when those opponents are women.
Because … [he] refused to sanction … a Women’s Workshop in Battersea for the
employment of widows with children to support, giving as his reasons that there
were plenty of domestic servants [jobs] advertised …
Battersea Electors, stand by your women and prevent this reactionary from returning
Prohibiting married women’s labour was indeed a particularly weak plank in
Burns’s political platform: it was not only unworkable but also premised upon
a conveniently particular reading of his familymemory. At New Year