The memory of catastrophe

Edited by Peter Gray and Kendrick Oliver

The memory of catastrophe

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6345-9
  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £16.99
  • Published Date: May 2004
  • BIC Category: The arts / Folk & traditional music, HISTORY / World, Folk style, General & world history, Traditional & folk music, History


Investigates the dynamic relationship between experiences of profound social and cultural disruption, and human memory. Critical comparisons are made across a wide variety of catastrophic experiences and memories; not just of war, but also of massacre, genocide, rebellion, famine, partition, shipwreck and fire. The book is an accessible showcase for a wide range of methodological approaches to the study of memory, including literary studies, cultural studies, participant-observation and historical studies, and uses a variety of oral, visual and written sources. Offers a diverse chronological and geographical range of catastrophic cases, from seventeenth-century England to the recent conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, from Ireland to the Indian sub-continent, from Mexico to wartime Leningrad. Well-written and accessible - a fascinating read.


Peter Gray is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Southampton. Kendrick Oliver is a Senior Lecturer in American History at the University of Southampton


List of Contributors
1. Introduction - Peter Gray and Kendrick Oliver
2. Remembering the English Civil War - Mark Stoyle
3. 'Diabolical design': Charleston elites, the 1822 slave insurrection and the discourse of the supernatural - P. A. Cramer
4. Memory and the commemoration of the Great Irish Famine - Peter Gray
5. 'The greatest and the worst': Dominant and subaltern memories of the Dos Bocas well fire of 1908 - Glen D. Kuecker
6. The Titanic and the commodification of catastrophe - James Guimond
7. Doctors and trauma in World War One: The response of British military psychiatrists - Edgar Jones
8. Commemorations of the siege of Leningrad: A catastrophe in memory and myth - Lisa A. Kirschenbaum
9. The missing camps of Aktion Reinhard: The judicial displacement of a mass murder - Donald Bloxham
10. Memory and authenticity: The case of Binjamin Wilkomirski - Andrea Reiter
11. Partition memory and multiple identities in the Champaran district of Bihar, India - Kathinka Sinha-Kerkhoff
12. Bodies do count: American nurses mourn the catastrophe of Vietnam - Carol Acton
13. 'Not much of a place anymore': The reception and memory of the massacre at My Lai - Kendrick Oliver
14. Remembering Vukovar, forgetting Vukovar: Constructing national identity through the memory of catastrophe in Croatia - Rose Lindsey
15. Who do you think you are kidding, Mr Sawoniuk? British memory of the Holocaust and Kosovo, Spring 1999 - Tony Kushner

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