Show simple item record Alexander, Neal 2016-12-06T23:01:50Z 2016-12-06T23:01:50Z 2016-11-07
dc.identifier.citation Alexander , N 2016 , ' Remembering the future : Poetry, peace, and the politics of memory in Northern Ireland ' Textual Practice , pp. 1-21 . en
dc.identifier.issn 0950-236X
dc.identifier.other PURE: 6915469
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: 56960d49-4a0a-4180-aa83-81f196c1c680
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 84994235716
dc.identifier.other 2160/44287
dc.description.abstract This article examines the politics of memory informing Northern Irish poetry published after the Good Friday Agreement of 10 April 1998, a period during which an uncertain and ambiguous peace process has played out. It argues that the preoccupation of many poets with practices of remembering and forgetting suggests that, on a cultural level at least, Northern Ireland’s explosive past has yet to be successfully decommissioned and consigned to the archive of history. Treating the idea of an achieved peace and its anticipated economic dividend with scepticism or irony, many of the poems considered exhibit profoundly complex, distorted conceptions of time and temporality, insistently registering historical occlusions and ruptures in the fabric of social memory. Drawing upon theories of memory and peace developed in the work of Paul Ricoeur, Emmanuel Levinas, and Jacques Derrida, I argue that contemporary poetry from Northern Ireland contests the equation of peace with a culture of amnesia. When memory is commodified as nostalgia or heritage it becomes impossible either to confront the legacies of the past or to remember the future. Attending to questions of form as well as a number of recurrent thematic concerns, I seek to illustrate the various ways in which Northern Irish poets engage with such pressing dilemmas. en
dc.format.extent 21 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Textual Practice en
dc.rights en
dc.subject Northern Ireland en
dc.subject poetry en
dc.subject memory en
dc.subject peace en
dc.subject Michael Longley en
dc.subject Ciaran Carson en
dc.subject Medbh McGuckian en
dc.subject Sinéad Morrissey en
dc.subject Alan Gillis en
dc.title Remembering the future : Poetry, peace, and the politics of memory in Northern Ireland en
dc.type /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/researchoutputtypes/contributiontojournal/article en
dc.description.version authorsversion en
dc.contributor.institution Department of English and Creative Writing en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en 31-12-20

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