Overlapping Narratives: Peacemaking through Memory, History, and Myth

By Ann Murphy.

Published by The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies

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The contested histories of Israelis and Palestinians have inflicted similar traumas at the hands of one another. Narratives from both “sides” constitute a kind of Moebius strip of shared themes, motifs, and experiences, which seldom offers a bridging narrative that both groups would recognize. This paper combines the narratives of two authors, Elias Khoury and S. Yizhar, into one story told from alternating points of view. This interwoven story provides richer depth and texture to each experience, a more flawed humanity, which might serve as a precondition to peace.

Keywords: Peacemaking, Storytelling, Narratives, Israelis, Palestinians, Trauma, memory, mirroring, identity

The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies, Volume 11, Issue 3, May 2014, pp.39-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 7, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 256.515KB)).

Dr. Ann Murphy

Professor of English, Department of English, Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Ann Murphy is Professor and Chair of the English Department at Assumption College. Her academic interests include the 19th century British novel, feminist history, Virginia Woolf, literature by American women of color, post-colonial women writers, and peace studies and the literature of war and peace. She is the co-editor, with Deirdre Raftery, of a collection of letters from Emily Davies, 19th century British feminist. She is working on a book exploring images of peacemaking and nonviolence in literature from times of war.