Trauma and silence: strategies of mediation in the aftermath of civil war

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Daniels, J. 2014. Trauma and silence: strategies of mediation in the aftermath of civil war. Rethinking History. 18 (3), pp. 391-399.
AuthorsDaniels, J.
Abstract

The article argues that there are limitations in relying solely on witness testimony and archival material to document the continuing effects of civil war. It references Daniels' 41-minute film, Not Reconciled (2009), which concerns Belchite, a medieval town in the Aragon region of Northern Spain, and the three-week battle that took place there in 1937. The article explores the ways in which the utilization of fictionalized characters, the voices of ghosts of Republican and Nationalist fighters, can enhance the realist strategy of observational footage and testimony, and demonstrate witnesses' evasiveness and resistance to remembering. While the ruins of Belchite are silent, the voices of ghosts provide a sense of the simultaneity of past, present and future.

JournalRethinking History
Journal citation18 (3), pp. 391-399
ISSN1364-2529
Year2014
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/13642529.2014.898416
Publication dates
Print14 May 2014
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Deposited20 Mar 2017
Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Rethinking History on 14.05.14, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13642529.2014.898416. The layout of this manuscript will differ from the version of record.
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