Deference, Deferred: Rejourn as Practice in Familial War Commemoration

Savage, Karen and Smith, Justin (2018) Deference, Deferred: Rejourn as Practice in Familial War Commemoration. In: Staging Loss: Performance as Commemoration. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 37-59. ISBN 978-3-319-97969-4

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Abstract

This chapter examines the gestation of a film/performance multimedia project entitled The Birds That Wouldn’t Sing (2017) that draws on the experiences of Joan Prior, who served in the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS), through war-torn Europe between 1944 and 1946. Working with a personal archive of photographs, letters and handed-down memories, the authors filmed a field trip (a ‘rejourn’) through France and Germany in 2011, this account of which is informed by and contributes to a body of work on war, memory and intermediality by Marianne Hirsch (2012), Michael Rothberg (2009), Rebecca Schneider (2011) and Diana Taylor (2003). It culminates in an account of an interactive installation that models new ways in which family history and personal testimony of war might coalesce into performance of, and as, (manifestations of) commemoration.

Keywords:Commemoration, performance, Loss, Deference, Rejourn, Familial memory, Practice
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W600 Cinematics and Photography
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P303 Film studies
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P132 Archive studies
W Creative Arts and Design > W440 Theatre studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
ID Code:34406
Deposited On:04 Dec 2018 16:05

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