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Women's Representations of the Occupation in Post-'68 France - Claire Gorrara

Women's Representations of the Occupation in Post-'68 France

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This study looks at French women writers and representations of the Occupation in post-'68 France. Two groups of women writers are selected for discussion: "The Women Resisters," those who were adult resisters during the war years, and "The Daughters of the Occupation," those who were born during or after the war. By examining a number of texts, many of which have received little critical attention to date, this study analyzes how a nascent awareness of gender, representation and political activism informs the texts of an older generation of women writers. Such a perspective is reworked into overtly feminist representations of the Occupation by younger women writers who deal with their familial connection to three wartime memories: resistance, collaboration and Jewish persecution. This gender-conscious approach to women's writing and the Occupation marks this book as a new departure in the study of French literature and the Second World War.

'This book certainly does offer...a new perspective on French literature about the Second World War...(a 'gender-conscious' approach to a period habitually considered from the point of view of its male protagonists.' - Modern Languages Review

'A stimulating perspective and an interesting corpus of texts.' - African Affairs

Preface Introduction Remembering the War Years PART ONE: THE WOMEN RESISTERS Resistance Voices: the Case of Lucie Aubrac Gender and Genre: Maurice, Moret and Duras A Feminist Rereading: Clara Malraux PART TWO: THE DAUGHTERS OF THE OCCUPATION The Daughters of the Resistance: Gatard and Albrecht The Daughters of Collaboration: Chaix and Le Garrec The Daughters of Persecution: Jewish Children Remember Conclusion Endnotes Select Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780312212551
ISBN-10: 0312212550
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 11th August 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.34