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Title: History with a Divided and Complicated Heart? The Uses of Political Memoir, Biography and Autobiography in Contemporary Northern Ireland
Authors: Hopkins, Stephen
First Published: 1-Jun-2001
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge) for 1. Association for the Study of Nationalities 2. Specialist Group on Ethnopolitics
Citation: Global Review of Ethnopolitics, 1 (2), pp. 74-81
Abstract: Roy GARLAND, Gusty Spence (Belfast: The Blackstaff Press, 2001) pp.xvi + 333. ISBN 0-85640-698-8 hbk. Máirtín Ó MUILLEOIR, Belfast’s Dome of Delight: City Hall Politics 1981-2000 (Belfast: Beyond the Pale Publications, 1999) pp.xi + 227. ISBN 1-900960-08-7 pbk. £8.99. Marie SMYTH and Marie-Therese FAY (eds.), Personal Accounts from Northern Ireland’s Troubles: Public Conflict, Private Loss (London and Sterling, VA: Pluto Press, 2000) pp.x + 147. ISBN 0-7453-1618-2 pbk. £9.99 0-7453-1619-0 hbk. It may not be immediately obvious that these books should be reviewed together, and it is certainly the case that there are significant differences in both content and style, but nonetheless I want to argue that they all shed light on a number of parallel themes. At the risk of clouding the important issue, it is possible to identify one of these volumes as biography, one as political memoir, and one as an edited collection of autobiographical reflections. They may be different genres, but they share several common elements, and provoke some interesting methodological concerns.
DOI Link: 10.1080/14718800108405099
ISSN: 1744-9057
eISSN: 1744-9065
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2001. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License ( ), which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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