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'Each neighbourly murder': lost lives and the challenge of commemorating the victims of the Northern Ireland troubles

'Each neighbourly murder': lost lives and the challenge of commemorating the victims of the Northern Ireland troubles
'Each neighbourly murder': lost lives and the challenge of commemorating the victims of the Northern Ireland troubles
The essay opens by considering the sensitivities surrounding any attempt to create a memorial to all the victims of the Northern Ireland troubles, and proceeds to a detailed examination of one such project, Lost Lives. The links between the methodology of the book and the aims of its writers to commemorate each individual death, to provide an alternative history of the troubles, and to address future generations are central to the discussion which follows. Drawing particularly upon the work of William Watkin and Wilhelm Verwoerd, the essay considers Lost Lives as an example of the possibilities of 'ethical mourning' and 'inclusive moral remembrance' both in its commemoration of the dead and in its implicit appeal for new and conciliatory ways of resolving the issues that divide the community.
victims, conflict, lost lives, civilian, commemoration, memory, remembrance, memorial, responsibility, violence, alternative history, ethical mourning
1382-5577
49-62
Sloan, Barry
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Sloan, Barry
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Sloan, Barry (2010) 'Each neighbourly murder': lost lives and the challenge of commemorating the victims of the Northern Ireland troubles [in special issue: Beyond Trauma: The Uses of the Past in XXIst Century Europe] European Journal of English Studies, 14, (1), pp. 49-62. (doi:10.1080/13825571003588452).

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The essay opens by considering the sensitivities surrounding any attempt to create a memorial to all the victims of the Northern Ireland troubles, and proceeds to a detailed examination of one such project, Lost Lives. The links between the methodology of the book and the aims of its writers to commemorate each individual death, to provide an alternative history of the troubles, and to address future generations are central to the discussion which follows. Drawing particularly upon the work of William Watkin and Wilhelm Verwoerd, the essay considers Lost Lives as an example of the possibilities of 'ethical mourning' and 'inclusive moral remembrance' both in its commemoration of the dead and in its implicit appeal for new and conciliatory ways of resolving the issues that divide the community.

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e-pub ahead of print date: April 2010
Published date: 2010
Keywords: victims, conflict, lost lives, civilian, commemoration, memory, remembrance, memorial, responsibility, violence, alternative history, ethical mourning
Organisations: English

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Local EPrints ID: 79487
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/79487
ISSN: 1382-5577
PURE UUID: 6f50afb9-c239-4aa5-ba0a-9e3e795f6e79

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Date deposited: 16 Mar 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:17

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