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Forgetful RemembranceSocial Forgetting and Vernacular Historiography of a Rebellion in Ulster$
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Guy Beiner

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198749356

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198749356.001.0001

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Restored Forgetting

Restored Forgetting

The Short Twentieth Century

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Forgetful Remembrance

Guy Beiner

Oxford University Press

Social forgetting is reinforced by prohibitions on memories that do not correspond to the official ethos. Following Partition, the unionist state in Northern Ireland effectively proscribed commemoration of the United Irishmen. Nonetheless, interest in 1798 found expression in various cultural productions that broke the silence on this taboo. Local folk history traditions persisted into the twentieth century. However, during the violent years of the Troubles, open remembrance was once again subject to decommemorating and forms of censorship. Silencing was undermined by a number of nonconformist writers, who unflinchingly engaged with the ambiguous legacy of the United Irish rebellion.

Keywords:   partition, Northern Ireland, folklore, literature, drama and poetry, cultural memory, commemoration, republicans, loyalists, the Troubles

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