Tales for the Borderlands - a triptych Home: Exile: Return

Morgan, Robert (2019) Tales for the Borderlands - a triptych Home: Exile: Return. Doctoral thesis, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.


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This work represents the culmination of more than twenty five years of continuous involvement with an exiled community, a Diaspora, which the passage of time has now entirely removed from the world. It seeks to present experiences, memories, journeys, the turmoil of displacement and return. It is written as a Triptych, a structure which is readily recognised in the Borderlands of Eastern Europe. It owes much to the oral tradition, since most of us recall and return to, the past in terms of tales told one to another; as fragments, bursts, giving meaning to a continuous existence, in limited, yet intimate recollections. The Borderlands of Eastern Europe have no defined borders of their own, being drawn and drawn again by conquest, and ravaged by conflict, pestilence and famine. They change eternally, along with the place names and dominant languages. The unhappy period before the outbreak of what we call the Second World War, that destructive conflict itself, and the aftermath of exile are well recorded, the prospect of return, and its achievement much less so. The events and possibilities of these tales are, like their characters, historically sound, but fictitious.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Borderlands, Eastern Europe, exiled community, oral tradition
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
P Language and Literature > PG Slavic, Baltic, Albanian languages and literature
Divisions: Theses and Dissertations > Doctoral Theses
Depositing User: Lesley Cresswell
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2020 13:56
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 10:38
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/1267

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