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Traces of War: Interpreting Ethics and Trauma in Twentieth-Century French Writing

Colin Davis

Abstract

The legacy of the Second World War remains unsettled; no consensus has been achieved about its meaning and its lasting impact. This is pre-eminently the case in France, where the experience of defeat and occupation created the grounds for a deeply ambiguous mixture of resistance and collaboration, pride and humiliation, heroism and abjection, which writers and politicians have been trying to disentangle ever since. This book develops a theoretical approach which draws on trauma studies and hermeneutics; and it then focuses on some of the intellectuals who lived through the war and on how their ... More

Keywords: Second World War, French literature, French thought, trauma studies, hermeneutics, ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781786940421
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781786940421.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colin Davis, author