The Liberation of France: Image and Event / Edition 1

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Due to its potent mix of triumph and controversy, the Liberation of France from Nazi Occupation continues to reverberate in the post-war politics and culture of France.

Presenting new research by leading specialists in the fields of history, literature and film studies, this stimulating volume is the very best in interdisciplinary scholarship and will define the subject for years to come. It situates the Liberation in the broadest possible context of image and event and incorporates subtle layers of ambiguity. Gender issues are given prominence and the challenging task of examining the ideas and reality of liberation for French people lends the book its originality and purpose.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"It brings together writings by historians and specialists in literature and civilisation in an interdisciplinary encounter that should happen more often - for history, as this book once again demonstrates, is enriched by such encounters." —THES August 9th, 1996

"[This book] is exciting, thought-provoking, imaginatively conceived and skilfully edited." —Robert Gildea, Merton College, Oxford

" ... outstanding commemorative volume." —Jourbanal of European Studies

"...some important articles which explore new avenues of research..." —Martin Conway, Balliol College, University of Oxford

"This is an imaginatively conceived compilation which ranges across a much wide geopgraphical and chronological span than its title might initially suggest." —History

"This book ... should appear on the undergraduate booklists for a wide range of academic disciplines. Film, literature or gender studies as well as history and politics are well represented here. ... undoubtedly provide(s) a series of new perspectives on the liberation of France and also plenty of food for thought." —Intelligence and National Security

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859730829
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Series: Berg French Studies Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 369
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

H. R. Kedward is a Professor of History, at University of Sussex.

Nancy Wood University of Sussex.

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Table of Contents

H.R. Kedward, Introduction 'Ici commence la France libre...' - Part I: Resistance Narratives - M. O'Shaughnessy, La Bataille du Rail: Unconventional Form, Conventional Image? - J.C. Simmonds, Immigrant Fighters for the Liberation of France: Carmagnole-Liberté in Lyon - S. Kitson, The Parisian in the Liberation of Paris - J. Proud, Plus ça change ...?: Propaganda Fiction for Children - Part II: Gender - K. Adler, No Words to Say It?: Women's Expectation of Liberation - H. Diamond, Women's Aspirations 1943-47: Women, Cinema and [the] Liberation - C. Tarr, 'Now You Don't': Women, Cinema and (the) Liberation - M. Kelly, The Reconstruction of Masculinity at the Liberation - H. Footitt, The First Women Députés: Les 33 Glorieuses? - C. Gorrara, Reviewing Gender and the Resistance: The Case of Lucie Aubrac - C. Laurens, La Femme au Turban: Les Femmes Tondues - Part III: Epuration - M. Cornick, From Resister to Knight of the Round Table: Jean Paulhan and the Liberation - N. Atkin, France's Little Nuremberg: The Trial of Otto Abetz - N. Ingram, Pacifism and the Liberation - Part IV: Outre-Mer - R. Burton, Nos Jourbanées de Juin: The Liberation of Martinique - T. Chafer, The Liberation in Afrique Occidentale - M. Evans, Algeria and the Liberation: Hope and Betrayal - P. Dine, The Inescapable Allusion: The Occupation and the Resistance in French Film and Fiction of the Algerian War - Part V: The Contested and Ambiguous Image - N. Hewitt, The Literature of the Right and the Liberation: The Case of the 'Hussards' - J. Sturdee, Through Children's Eyes: Caen - Occupation and Liberation - N. Wood, Memory by Analogy: Hiroshima Mon Amour - W. Kidd, Liberation in Novels of May '68: The Intertextual Image - J. Flower, Reflections on Life, Death and History: Jeanne Champion's Le Bunker - G. Vincendeau, Uranus: The History of Mediocrity

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