Commemorating Abuse: Gender Politics and Making Space

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Title: Commemorating Abuse: Gender Politics and Making Space
Authors: Pine, Emilie
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/6255
Date: Aug-2013
Abstract: Recent cultural explorations of Ireland's history of institutional abuse have focussed on buildings as ways of creating a commemorative space for this history. Brokentalkers' The Blue Boy (2011), Anu Productions' Laundry (2011), and Evelyn Glynn's Breaking the Rule of Silence (2011) all insist on the visibility and presence of these institutions within towns and communities. All three works foreground the necessary role of active spectatorship in commemorating this traumatic past, and in ensuring it never happens again. This active spectatorship stands in contrast to the patterns of agnosia and amnesia which maintained the system for so long. This lecture discusses the ways in which culture plays a much-needed role in the commemoration of abuse trauma. Yet culture cannot stand alone and the lecture subsequently calls for a state-led official history of Ireland's institutional past which addresses the class and gender-based operation of these institutions in a holistic system of incarceration.
Type of material: Other
Publisher: University College Dublin
Keywords: Institutional abuse;Literary studies
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:English, Drama & Film Research Collection

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