The Art of Survival: France and the Great War Picaresque

The Art of Survival: France and the Great War Picaresque

by Libby Murphy


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300217513
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,115,471
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Libby Murphy is associate professor of French at Oberlin College. Her research centers on French literature and culture of the First World War, the history of French journalism and popular culture, and theories of the novel. She lives in Oberlin, OH.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xix

Introduction 1

1 A Literary War: Irony, Tragedy, and the Return of the Picaresque 17

2 Tactics of the Foot Soldier: The Arts and Antics of Le Système D 43

3 Georges de la Fouchardière: Oppositional Journalism, Involuntary Heroism, and Bourrage de cráne 64

4 The Comedy of Independence: The "Man on the Street" Goes Off to War 91

5 Animal Instincts: Lessons from a Trench Rat 113

6 Phlegm Meets Flair: Images of the Infantryman in Wartime Britain and France 137

7 Le Cafard: Brutalization, Alienation, and Despair 163

8 Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp: From the Art of Survival to the Survival of Art 198

Notes 217

Bibliography 249

Index 269

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