Framing Narratives of the Second World War and Occupation in France, 1939-2009: New Readings

Framing Narratives of the Second World War and Occupation in France, 1939-2009: New Readings


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Framing Narratives of the Second World War and Occupation in France, 1939-2009: New Readings by Margarat Atack

The Second World War and the German Occupation continue to be a major focal point in French culture and society, with new and sometimes controversial titles appearing every year - Irène Némirovsky's Suite française and Jonathan Littell's Les Bienveillantes, both rapidly translated into English, offer just two examples of this significant phenomenon in the last decade. There has, however, been no major critical reappraisal of narratives of war and occupation in France for over two decades.

Gathering within one volume studies of genres, visual cultures, chronology, narrative theory, and a wealth of narratives in fiction and film, Framing narratives of the Second World War and occupation in France 1939-2009 brings together an internationally distinguished group of contributors and offers an authoritative overview of criticism on war and occupation narratives in French, a redefinition of the canon of texts and films to be studied, and a vibrant demonstration of the richness of the work in this area. Given that literary, autobiographical and visual representations have played, and continue to play, an active role in shaping understanding of this complex and important period of French history, the volume focuses upon three main areas: the narrative construction of war and occupation, the importance of the expectations and knowledge of the public in shaping these narratives, and the ways they have evolved over the past seven decades.

Edited by two leading specialists in the field, this book includes contributions by William Cloonan, Richard J Golsan, Leah Hewitt, Colin Nettelbeck and Gisèle Sapiro.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719087554
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Series: Durham Modern Languages Series
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Margaret Atack is Professor of French at the University of Leeds

Christopher Lloyd is Professor of French at Durham University

Table of Contents

Introduction - Margaret Atack & Christopher Lloyd

Part I: Constructing the war in narrative


1. The role of literature in framing perceptions of reality: the example of the Second World War - Gisèle Sapiro

2. Representing the war: contemporary narratives of World War Two

3. Colin Nettelbeck: Getting at the truth: some issues of sources in the construction of an understanding of the Second World War and Occupation in France - William Cloonan

4. La Main à plume: poetry under the Occupation - Nathalie Aubert

5. A reading of Genet's adaptations from the Russian novel in his Occupation narratives - Thomas Newman

6. Private and public spaces and places in Jonathan Littell's Les Bienveillantes - Peter Tame

7. Henry Bauchau's Le Boulevard périphérique: The war story as clarification and investigation of the present - Béatrice Damamme-Gilbert

PART II: Representation and reception


8. Corruptions of memory: some reflections on history, representation and le devoir de mémoire in France today - Richard J Golsan

9. Lived experience past/reading experience present: figures of memory in French life-writing narratives of the Occupation - Debra Kelly

10. Fictions of testimony: Irène Némirovsky and Suite française - Angela Kershaw

11. Hoaxes and the memory of the Second World War: from Un Héros très discret to Misha Defonseca - Virginie Sansico

12. Framing the past: illustrating the Second World War in French children's fiction - Penny Brown

13. The traumatised national community in Anna Langfus's Les Bagages de sable - Angela O'Flaherty

14. When the SS-man says I: on Robert Merle, Michel Rachline and Jonathan Littell - Luc Rasson

Part III: Trajectories


15. Distorted mirrors: Jewish identity in French post-war films on the Occupation - Leah Hewitt

16. The liberal way of war? French representations of the Allies 1944-2008 - Hilary Footitt

17. 'Avoir vingt ans dans cette effroyable tourmente': Second World War Diaries in the Light of Hélène Berr's Journal - Danièle Sabbah

18. Maurice Blanchot's Aminadab: a novel about collective memory under Vichy - David Uhrig

19. Life as an 'enfant de collabo': Marie Chaix's evolution 1974-2005 - Katherine Cardin

20. 'Un Passé qui ne passe pas': Patrick Modiano's Accident nocturne and Dans le café de la jeunesse perdue - Alan Morris



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