Fragments of Conflict: a sensory history of the ‘Troubles’

By Roisín Higgins It was Christmas 1973 and a little girl drew a picture of the nativity. When her teacher asked ‘if the spiky shape above the stable was a star’, the girl replied, ‘Oh no, Miss – that’s the helicopter’. The child lived in the Creggan in Derry and her school was beside a... Continue Reading →

‘Living in Crisis’: Troubling Berlant’s Good Life in Anna Burns’ Milkman.

By Katie Barnes- To write fiction about the ‘Troubles’ is to write about crisis. Anna Burns’ Booker Prize winning novel Milkman (2018) reimagines this crisis through the eyes of an eighteen-year-old girl, known as Middle Sister,  who studiously avoids engaging with the history she is living through, however Burns’ narrative is ultimately underpinned by, and... Continue Reading →

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