Speaking the Self, Narratives on Srebrenica

Odile Heynders


In this article, various life narratives documenting the fall of the Srebrenica enclave in July 1995 will be discussed and analyzed. The fundamental question underlying the reading of these narratives is ‘How do separate stories construct the memory of a European locus, offering an understanding of a geopolitical space as build on interchangeable voices’? The larger context within which this paper is written is my research on the symbolization of Europe: to get a grip on the European reality and culture we need to analyze and interpret narratives in the light of and with regard to the historical facts, their impact, and the collective and suppressed memories involved.


Srebrenica; Life Narrative; Voice; Authenticity

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5463/ejlw.3.43

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