Emplacing Stories of Conflict: The Relationship Between Narrative, Violence, and Space

Jesse A. Fivecoate (Indiana University)

Drawing on dissertation fieldwork conducted in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, this paper will examine the production and maintenance of violent geographies through vernacular stories of political violence and death. The materials examined for this paper will cover extant collections of ghost narratives, both in ethnographic and folklore archives in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as in published folklore collections. I will track the ways in which space—largely as the island of Ireland as a whole, or on a smaller level of the local, intimate space—is understood through its relationship with hauntings and as occupied by ghosts. Coding these narratives in this way opens avenues for new inquiry, taking seriously communities as composed of both the living and the dead.

Part of 54-05 Folklore of Conflict, Disaster, and Survival, Friday, October 22, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm