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Visiting Rwanda

Accounts of Genocide in Travel Writing

Rachel Moffat

The massacre sites of Rwanda have become, like Auschwitz or Ground Zero, forms of museums preserved in remembrance. In 1995, Philip Gourevitch traveled to Rwanda to see them, explaining that he wanted to gain some understanding of the recent atrocities. Gourevitch forces himself to look because this enables him to present a detailed journalistic account but, more uncomfortably, he is satisfying his own curiosity, as tourists do. Dervla Murphy's Visiting Rwanda (1998) is a similarly intense account of time spent with NGOs, visiting survivors, and hearing excruciating accounts of the genocide. Such graphic accounts of time spent in a war zone raise issues concerning curiosity about death and sites of atrocity. The writers must address the issue of the extent of their own curiosity and also demonstrate that they have a reason to publish such sensitive matter. Gourevitch and Murphy, therefore, must be aware of a difficult paradox in their work: the intensity of events represented in their narratives makes their accounts more pressing but, as a result, they may be said to profit from the conflict.

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Shane Harrison

out of the shadows and into everyday discourse, and where psychotherapists and survivors have amassed both tools and knowledge to understand male sexual abuse and treat the associated trauma. These volumes complement and augment each other

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Irene Bloomfield

Old age is not popular in western society. The former veneration connection between age and wisdom has virtually ceased to exist, and reactions toward elderly people are frequently of pity, exasperation or even tempt, but the life expectancy of people today is ten years more than the end of World War Two and twenty to thirty more than at the beginning this century, so that there are a lot more of us around, and it has become necessary for psychotherapists to take notice of a hitherto much neglected the population.

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‘Atomic Bombs’ in Monrovia, Liberia

The Identity and Stigmatisation of Ebola Survivors

Emilie Venables

Since the Ebola outbreak began in West Africa in 2014, there are currently estimated to be 15,000 survivors across the region, some of whom continue to suffer with physical and mental health problems after being discharged, including joint pain

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Helene Marks, Richard Berengarten, Allen C. Fischer, and Edward Mycue

The Name (1901)

David Child survivor’s testimony

The Life of a Word Blood Work

I am a Fact, not a Fiction

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Migration as Survival

Withheld Stories and the Limits of Ethnographic Knowability

Gerhild Perl

with the (untold) story of Hamid, one of the few survivors of the Rota shipwreck. While the story of the undertaker circulated widely in Spain and beyond, and the experiences of the bereaved in Hansala were extensively covered by journalists, the

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Susan Parman

Travel as a Western cultural practice is nowhere more clearly revealed than in the titles of travel books. Promising both danger and safety (the reader sets off into the unknown accompanied by a knowledgeable authority), travel book titles walk a delicate line between authenticity and caricature. How far away must we go to have crossed into the danger zone? (What exactly does it mean to say that we are going ‘nowhere’, as in Greater Nowheres, Miles from Nowhere, Forty Miles from Nowhere, and A Thousand Miles from Nowhere? If we go nowhere, doesn’t this mean that we’ve stayed home, as in ‘Where did you go?’/’Nowhere’, meaning ‘To the fridge, the bathroom, and Wal Mart’)? How do we get there? (What is the most authentic method of travelling to Nowhere – by camel, truck, motorcycle, ultralight, horse, yak, on foot?)

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Between Trauma and Resilience

A Transnational Reading of Women's Life Writing about Wartime Rape in Germany and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Agatha Schwartz and Tatjana Takševa

In this article, through the narratives of women survivors we explore the effects and transgenerational consequences of rape during two twentieth-century episodes of armed conflict: the end of World War II in Germany and the war in Bosnia and

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The Search for Politanky

A Hidden Holocaust Refuge in Transnistria

Carol Simon Elias

my arm always made me feel that I was somewhat of a second-class citizen among Holocaust survivors; no one knew where Transnistria was anyway. So how would I explain myself to the world, a Holocaust survivor who had sat looking out of a window for

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‘All the world's a [post-apocalyptic] stage’

The Future of Shakespeare in Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven

Charles Conaway

Beethoven symphonies, the Shakespeare plays, the things that we think of as the highest and most exalted expressions of our culture’ are performed by the Traveling Symphony in order to enrich the lives of the traumatised survivors of the viral apocalypse who