Declan Kiberd at the Theatre of Memory Symposium

Declan Kiberd giving a rather brilliant talk on the state of Ireland, memory and its relationship to culture. Great readings of Yeats, Joyce and the revolutionary generation abound, albeit greenwashed slightly. Also has a dig at the revisionist historians, which I would make more of if it wasn’t for his great idea for a new, radical arts policy.

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4 responses to “Declan Kiberd at the Theatre of Memory Symposium

  1. I don’t get the ‘revisionist historian’ think. Any historian doing heir job is a revisionist. In any country. Any period.

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    • True, I think it started off as a term of abuse from the more pious inhabitants of the groves of academe. They also called them ‘vipers,’ but ‘revisionist’ at least has the veneer of legitimate critique. It contains also a strange implicit aversion to high standards of scholarship I thought, or this notion that knowledge is inert.

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  2. A bit like ‘West Brit’, basically.

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