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The Treatment of ‘Everyday Life' in Memory and Narrative of the Concentration Camps of the South African War, 1899-1902

Dampier, Helen (2005) The Treatment of ‘Everyday Life' in Memory and Narrative of the Concentration Camps of the South African War, 1899-1902. In: Narrative, Memory & Everyday Life. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, pp. 187-198.

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      Abstract

      This paper considers the idea of ‘everyday life’ in Boer women’s narratives of
      the South African War concentration camps in three published collections of
      camp testimonies. A striking feature of these collections is their absence of
      memories about ordinary daily life in camp. The focus in women’s camp
      narratives is largely on the brutal mistreatment of Boer women and children by
      the British. This is part of a wider pattern evident in Boer women’s camp
      accounts, which frequently testify to ‘identical’ incidents, share formulaic
      narrative schemes and replicate stock phrases, thus exhibiting what Gillis has
      called “memory work” (Gillis, 1994). The absence of the ‘everyday’ in camp
      narratives is symptomatic of the close relationship many of these accounts had
      with the growth of Afrikaner nationalism, particularly in the late 1930s.

      Item Type: Book Chapter
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      Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
      B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
      Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences > Narrative and Memory Research Group > Narrative and Memory Research Group Annual Conference
      School of Human and Health Sciences
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      Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
      Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2009 14:34
      Last Modified: 30 Jul 2010 14:12
      URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/4951

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