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The Politics of Memoir and the Northern Ireland Conflict$
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Stephen Hopkins

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781846319426

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846319426.001.0001

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The Study of Political Memoir and the Legacy of the Conflict in Northern Ireland

The Study of Political Memoir and the Legacy of the Conflict in Northern Ireland

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The Politics of Memoir and the Northern Ireland Conflict
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Stephen Hopkins

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846319426.003.0001

This chapter serves to introduce the purpose of the book, to examine and evaluate political memoirs written by key protagonists in the Troubles. This is a hitherto neglected dimension of the wider efforts to ‘deal with the past’. The chapter studies the construction and narration of exemplary lives, which can illuminate collective political identities. Issues of truth and memory in this genre of political memoir are addressed, and the fashion in which biographical writing and national or communal histories interact is the subject of interpretation.

Keywords:   Political memoirs, Exemplary lives, Truth and memory, Biographical writing, National and communal histories

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