Soldiers' stories of the Falklands War: recomposing trauma in memoir

Robinson, Lucy (2011) Soldiers' stories of the Falklands War: recomposing trauma in memoir. Contemporary British History, 25 (4). pp. 569-589. ISSN 1361-9462

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Abstract

This article will analyse the role of soldiers' own accounts in the construction of the Falklands War as disproportionately traumatic. The war was Britain's first following the development of a diagnostic model for post-traumatic stress disorder and this greatly influenced the value given to veterans' experiences. Writing memoirs of war was seen as a therapeutic practice. This article uses two case studies, Ken Lukowiak and Vince Bramley, to re-evaluate the role of catharsis in memoirs of warfare and to turn the historian's attention to what happens next when soldiers tell or sell their stories of war.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA History of Great Britain
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F2201 South America > F2801 Argentina
Depositing User: Lucy Robinson
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:59
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2012 15:33
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28986
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