France and its Spaces of War: Experience, Memory, Image by P. LorcinFrance and its Spaces of War: Experience, Memory, Image by P. Lorcin

France and its Spaces of War: Experience, Memory, Image

EditorP. Lorcin, D. Brewer

Hardcover | November 18, 2009

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This book offers a multi-disciplinary critical study of the cultural and social phenomena of war and its effects, focusing on the modern and contemporary period in France. The contributors analyze how material and psychological devastation resulting from French wars shaped in unique ways the meaning that each war would have for the French, as society was reconfigured in the aftermath of war. Taking up questions pertaining to political commemoration and historical memory, gender, literature, art, and film, France and its Spaces of War offers a broadly interdisciplinary study of war and its cultural impact.

Patricia M. E. Lorcin is Associate Professor of History at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and editor of French Historical Studies. Her publications include: Imperial Identities: Stereotyping, Prejudice and Race in Colonial Algeria; Algeria and France 1800-2000: Identity, Memory and Nostalgia, numerous book chapters, articles ...
Title:France and its Spaces of War: Experience, Memory, ImageFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pagesPublished:November 18, 2009Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230615619

ISBN - 13:9780230615618


Table of Contents

Patricia Lorcin / “War and Its Spaces: Introduction” * PART I: WAR EXPERIENCED * Christie Pichichero / “Moralizing War: Military Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century France” * Jennifer E. Sessions / “‘Unfortunate Necessities’: Violence and Civilization in the Conquest of Algeria” * Martha Hanna / “Spaces of War: Rural France, Fears of Famine, and the Great War” * Nicole Dombowski-Risser / “The Search for Civilian Safe Spaces”: Re-evacuating Nord and Pas de Calais in Response to British Bombing, September 1940-March 1941” * Patrice Arnaud / “The Anglo-American Troops as Seen by French Labor Conscripts: Forms of Ambivalent Critical Support” * Bronson Long / “De-Prussianizing the Saar: Lessons from the Second World War and the French Path to European Integration” * PART II: WAR REMEMBERED OR FORGOTTEN * Michael Wolfe / “Pain and Memory” The War Wounds of Blaise de Monluc” * Alexandre Niess / “From the Chemin des Dames to Verdun: Features of the Memory of the First World War in the Monuments to the Fallen in the Red Zone” * Christopher Fischer / “National Sacrifices, Local Losses: Politics and Commemoration in Interwar Alsace” * Julian Fragnon / “A Disembodied Memory: The Contemporary Legacy of the Great War From a Political Perspective” * Kirrily Freeman / “Pedestals dedicated to Absence: The Symbolic Impact of Wartime Destruction of French Bronze Statuary” * Richard Golsan / “Reflections on the Literary Vichy Syndrome since 1990: Contexts, Chronologies, Metamorphoses” * PART III: WAR IMAGINED * Libby Murphy / “Newspapers, Novels, and the Comic Book War” * Béatrice Vernier-Larochette / “The Impact of the War in the Writing of Fernand Léger” * Annette Becker / “Artists and the Legacy of the Great War” * Floréal Jiménez Aguilera / “La Victoire en chantant and the Cinematographic Depiction of World War I in Equatorial Africa: Between Colonialism, Patriotism, and Politics” * Paul Shue / “Making Space for Spain: L’Action française, Je suis partout, and French Right-Wing Visions of the Spanish Civil War” * Angélique Durand / “Audivisual Propaganda in the American Administration in Frnace Between 1948 and 1955” * Steven Ungar / “Out of the Past: Philippe Faucon’s La Trahison and the Subject of Betrayal”

Editorial Reviews

“This wide-ranging collection of essays provides a wealth of fascinating insights into the multifaceted experience of war.”--Celia Britton, Professor of French, University College London“This volume constitutes an impressive contribution to our broadening understanding of how war has shaped the history of France, and is a model for exploring the history of war in other parts of the world.”--Leonard V. Smith, Frederick B. Artz Professor of History, Oberlin College“From the asphyxiation of Algerians by French troops in the 1840s to the story of French civilians sheltering from British bombs in caves outside Le Havre in 1941, from the impact of the Great War on the painting of Léger to recent depictions of the Algerian War in film, this is a stimulating and imaginative collection of essays on the impact of war on the social, cultural and political history of France.”--Julian Jackson, Professor of History, Queen Mary, University of London“Adopting an interdisciplinary approach to examine political commemoration, historical memory, community and collective trauma and cultural identity, from controversies over monuments and icons of the Resistance to literary accounts of the wars’ effects in Europe and the colonial world and their aftermath, this collection will be indispensable to scholars of French history, literature and culture.”--H. Adlai Murdoch, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign