Category: Second conference papers

Addressing Collective Shame: Poetic Justice and the Mother and Baby Homes

Author: Virginie Trachsler ‘Wash in this way and rid your hands of Mother, Baby, Home’. This is the final line of Annemarie Ní Churreáin’s poem ‘Six Ways To Wash Your Hands (Ayliffe, 1978)’, addressed to the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation. The publication of the Commission’s report in January 2021 and the following discussions around its shortcomings could...

Archives of shame in Shakespeare’s drama

Author: Elisabeth Szanto Archives are “collections preserved permanently because of the enduring value of the information[…] and for the use of others than those who originally created them”1. The etymology of “archive” stems from the Latin archiva, “written records,” and from the place where they are kept, from the Greek ta arkheia “public records”.2 In ancient Greece, official documents were...

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