Allegories of the Purge : How Literature Responded to the Postwar Trials of Writers and Intellectuals in France

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“Four authors—Jean-Paul Sartre, Paul Eluard, Maurice Blanchot, and Louis-Ferdinand Celine—whose works confront and respond to the purge of collaborationist intellectuals in postwar France are the subjects of this volume. . . . To understand their views on the trials, it is useful to read their texts as allegories of the purge. . . . The book won the Modern Language Association of America’s 2000 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for the best book in French and Francophone Literary...
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Overview


“Four authors—Jean-Paul Sartre, Paul Eluard, Maurice Blanchot, and Louis-Ferdinand Celine—whose works confront and respond to the purge of collaborationist intellectuals in postwar France are the subjects of this volume. . . . To understand their views on the trials, it is useful to read their texts as allegories of the purge. . . . The book won the Modern Language Association of America’s 2000 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for the best book in French and Francophone Literary Studies.”—Coastlines
“[Watts’s] arguments are original, he takes risks, and the stakes are significant.”—South Central Review
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"Four authors—Jean-Paul Sartre, Paul Eluard, Maurice Blanchot, and Louis-Ferdinand Celine—whose works confront and respond to the purge of collaborationist intellectuals in postwar France are the subjects of this volume. . . . To understand their views on the trials, it is useful to read their texts as allegories of the purge. . . . The book won the Modern Language Association of America's 2000 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for the best book in French and Francophone Literary Studies."—Coastlines

"[Watts's] arguments are original, he takes risks, and the stakes are significant."—South Central Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804731850
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Philip Watts is Assistant Professor of French at the University of Pittsburgh.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Literature on Trial 15
2 Sartre: Sentencing Literature 59
3 Blanchot: Rebuttals 83
4 Eluard: Purging Poetry 106
5 Celine: Style Wars 140
6 Celine: Denying History 164
Conclusion: The Spirit of the Trial 187
Bibliography 207
Index 217
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