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    Learning to live with ghosts: spectres of “the Troubles” in contemporary Northern Irish cinema

    Coulter, Colin (2021) Learning to live with ghosts: spectres of “the Troubles” in contemporary Northern Irish cinema. Irish Studies Review, 29 (3). pp. 287-310. ISSN 0967-0882

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    That Northern Ireland remains profoundly troubled by its own violent past becomes readily apparent in many of the movies that have appeared since the Good Friday Agreement and not least those released since its tenth anniversary. In this article, I provide a broad sketch of recent Northern Irish cinema before moving to a close reading of two critically and commercially acclaimed features released in that period: Hunger (2008) and ’71 (2014). The discussion is framed by Mark Fisher’s reading of the Derridean notion of “hauntology” and focuses specifically on the idea that the spectre is a figure that is both retrospective and prospective. In their evocation of the ghosts of the Troubles, these movies offer an insight into a society that remains haunted both by the “no longer” of those who died during the conflict and also, perhaps, by the “not yet” of that which suffered a similar fate during the peace process that followed.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Northern Ireland; cinema; hauntology; Mark Fisher;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 14936
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    Depositing User: Colin Coulter
    Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2021 11:41
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish Studies Review
    Publisher: British Association for Irish Studies
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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