Deference, Deferred: Rejourn as Practice in Familial War Commemoration
This chapter examines the gestation of a film/performance multimedia project entitled The Birds That Wouldn’t Sing (2017) that draws on the experiences of Joan Prior, who served in the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS), through war-torn Europe between 1944 and 1946. Working with a personal archive of photographs, letters and handed-down memories, the authors filmed a field trip (a ‘rejourn’) through France and Germany in 2011, this account of which is informed by and contributes to a body of work on war, memory and intermediality by Marianne Hirsch (2012), Michael Rothberg (2009), Rebecca Schneider (2011) and Diana Taylor (2003). It culminates in an account of an interactive installation that models new ways in which family history and personal testimony of war might coalesce into performance of, and as, (manifestations of) commemoration.
Co-Author biography: Dr. Karen Savage is Head of the School of Fine & Performing Arts at the University of Lincoln, working with colleagues across Dance, Drama and Theatre, Fashion, Fine Art and Music. Karen is also co-convenor of the Intermediality Working Group as part of the International Federation for Theatre Research. Karen’s research is interdisciplinary with a focus on practice-as-research as a methodology in Theatre and Film practice. She has most recently completed a co-authored monograph titled: The Economies of Collaboration: More Than the Sum of the Parts, to be published with Macmillan International.
Citation : Smith, J. and Savage, K. (2018) Deference, Deferred: Rejourn as Practice in Familial War Commemoration. In: Pinchbeck, M. and Westerside, A. (Eds) Staging Loss: Performance as Commemoration, London: Palgrave Macmillian
ISBN : 9783319979694
Research Group : Cinema and Television History Institute (CATHI)
Research Institute : Cinema and Television History Institute (CATHI)
Peer Reviewed : Yes
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