MEMORIALS and REMEMBRANCE
Laurie Taylor meets the authors of two books about war and remembrance, books from quite different perspectives which consider how we remember such traumatic events as wars, genocide and acts of terrorism.
James Tatum, Professor of Classics at Dartmouth College in the States and author of The Mourners Song - War and Remembrance from The Iliad to Vietnam and Dr. Jenny Edkins, Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and author of Trauma and the Memory of Politics discuss the various ways of remembering and contest the idea that memorials inevitably promote national myths.
Professor James Tatum
The Mourner’s Song - War and Remembrance from The Iliad to Vietnam
University of Chicago Press
ISBN 0 226 78993 4
Dr. Jenny Edkins
Trauma and the Memory of Politics
Cambridge University Press
ISBN 0 521 53420 8
Readings were extracts from the Iliad by Homer:
First extract from The Iliad of Homer, translated by Richmond Lattimore
University of Chicago Press, 1951
book 16: 401-8, 411-14
Second extract, which ends the programme, is from the LP sleeve of ‘Terry Oldfield - In Search of The Trojan War’ and the music is also from this LP.
(Journey to War (Side 1, track 3) and Helen’s Song (Side 2, track 1) - record label: BBC REB 553 S)
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