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Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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What is memory, and where is it stored in the body? Can a room be symbolic of a lifetime?

Memories are like layers of your skin or layers of paint on a canvas. In The Queen of Peace Room, Magie Dominic peels away these layers as she explores her life, that of a Newfoundlander turned New Yorker, an artist and a writer — and frees herself from the memories of her violent past.

On an eight-day retreat with Catholic nuns in a remote location safe from the outside world, she exposes, and captures, fifty years of violent memories and weaves them into a tapestry of unforgettable images. The room she inhabits while there is called The Queen of Peace Room; it becomes, for her, a room of sanctuary. She examines Newfoundland in the 1940s and 1950s and New York in the 1960s; her confrontations with violence, incest, and rape; the devastating loss of friends to AIDS; and the relationship between life and art. These memories she finds stored alongside memories of nature’s images of trees pulling themselves up from their roots and fleeing the forest; storms and ley lines, and skies bursting with star-like eyes.

In The Queen of Peace Room, from a very personal perspective, Magie Dominic explores violence against women in the second half of the twentieth century, and in doing so unearths the memory of a generation. In eight days, she captures half a century.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Liturgy of the Hours
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Chapter 1 Friday, Midnight
  2. pp. 5-12
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  1. Chapter 2 Saturday Morning
  2. pp. 13-24
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  1. Chapter 3 Sunday, 7 A.M.
  2. pp. 25-44
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  1. Chapter 4 Monday, 6 A.M.
  2. pp. 45-64
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  1. Chapter 5 Tuesday, Dawn
  2. pp. 65-80
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  1. Chapter 6 Wednesday, Pre-dawn
  2. pp. 81-90
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  1. Chapter 7 Thursday, 9 A.M.
  2. pp. 91-94
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  1. Chapter 8 Friday. Rain.
  2. pp. 95-98
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 99-100
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 101-102
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  1. Afterword: Reading The Queen of Peace Room As Witness: An Ethics of Encounter
  2. pp. 103-113
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  1. Selected Texts of Related Interest (Canadian emphasis)
  2. p. 114
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