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„Byliśmy młode chłopaki, razem w tej kupie gnoju” – odpolitycznienie pamięci narodowej i rewizjonizm historyczny w pierwszowojennych powieściach Toma Phelana i Sebastiana Barry’ego
Historical Revisionism and the Depoliticization of National Memory: Tom Phelan and Sebastian Barry’s Fictional Representations of the Great War

Author(s): Beata Piątek
Subject(s): Fiction, Political Philosophy, Historical revisionism, Hermeneutics, Philosophy of History, Politics of History/Memory
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: the Great War; Ireland; national memory; anti-nostalgia;

Summary/Abstract: Piątek explores the fiction of two contemporary Irish writers – Tom Phelan and Sebastian Barry. Both try to depoliticize national memory and work through the collective trauma of the war. Phelan’s The Canal Bridge (2005) and Barry’s A Long Long Way (2005) recall the traumatic experience of thousands of Irishmen who fought in the British army in World War I. By returning the marginalized events to the national memory, the two writers come to terms with the past and prepare the ground for a better future.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 134-151
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Polish