Coming home from world war two, ‘in our time’: Post-memory, history and narrative in melvyn bragg’s the soldier’s return and son of war

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Abstract

© 2016, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. All rights reserved. This paper examines how Melvyn Bragg, British journalist, broadcaster and writer, portrays the aftermath of World War Two on family and community in The Soldier’s Return (1999) and Son of War (2001). I contend that Bragg’s apparently simplistic and minimalist style approximates what Michael Rothberg (2000) terms as traumatic realism. By blending the ordinary and the domestic with the extraordinary, he manages to evoke a meaningful absence and traumatic undertones at the same time as resonating with historical ‘truth’. Thus, I conclude that through the tension between an outer naivety and underlying disturbances, Bragg’s post-memorial discourse achieves a public disclosure which hitherto remained, primarily, in the intimate realm of postwar family life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-116
JournalRevista de Filologia Romanica
Volume33
Issue numberSpecial Issue 2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

Keywords

  • Demobilization
  • Family
  • Post-memory
  • Postwar
  • Traumatic realism
  • World war two

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