May 68 in French Fiction and Film: Rethinking Society, Rethinking Representation

Paperback | November 1, 1999

byMargaret Atack

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This is the first study of May 68 in fiction and in film. It looks at the ways the events themselves were represented in narrative, evaluates the impact these crucial times had on French cultural and intellectual history, and offers readings of texts which were shaped by it. The chosen textsconcentrate upon important features of May and its aftermath: the student rebellion, the workers strikes, the question of the intellectuals, sexuality, feminism, the political thriller, history, and textuality. Attention is paid to the context of the social and cultural history of the FifthRepublic, to Gaullism, and to the cultural politics of gauchisme. The book aims to show the importance of the interplay of real and imaginary in the text(s) of May, and the emphasis placed upon the problematic of writing and interpretation. It argues that re-reading the texts of May forces areconsideration of the existing accounts of postwar cultural history. The texts of May reflect on social order, on rationality, logic, and modes of representation, and are this highly relevant to contemporary debates on modernity.

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This is the first study of May 68 in fiction and in film. It looks at the ways the events themselves were represented in narrative, evaluates the impact these crucial times had on French cultural and intellectual history, and offers readings of texts which were shaped by it. The chosen textsconcentrate upon important features of May an...

Professor of French, University of Leeds

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:November 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198715153

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroduction: L'Imaginaire de mai1. L'Avant-mai: la France sennuie2. Nanterre-La-Folie3. Order and Disorder: Scenes of Violence4. Intellectual Fictions5. Perturbation ma soeur6. Nation/History: Repenser la France7. Le neo-polar: Behind Enemy Lines8. Textualities and l'espirit de maiConclusion: From Modernity to PostmodernityChronologyBibliography

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`Atack ... adds a valuable and well-informed retrospective to the plethora of scholarly and popular evaluations of the student's revolt of May '68 in France, and of its subsequent representation in French fiction and film.'Y. Jehenson, Choice, Jul/Aug. 2000.