Memory Troubles: Remembering the Occupation in Simone de Beauvoir's Les Mandarins

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Memory Troubles: Remembering the Occupation in Simone de Beauvoir's Les Mandarins

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dc.contributor.author Suleiman, Susan Rubin
dc.date.accessioned 2011-04-08T15:08:51Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Suleiman, Susan Rubin. 2010. Memory troubles: remembering the occupation in Simone de Beauvoir's Les Mandarins. French Politics, Culture and Society 28(2): 4-17. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1537-6370 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:4817409
dc.description.abstract Critics generally agree that Beauvoir's novel Les Mandarins, which won the Prix Goncourt in 1954, is an important work of historical fiction, chronicling the lives and loves of left-wing intellectuals in Paris during the years following World War II. In this essay I argue that Les Mandarins is as much about the war as about the postwar, and that its meaning for contemporary readers was deeply linked (even if not in a fully recognized way) to memories of the troubled period of the Occupation. I develop the concept of “ambivalent memory,” as it refers in particular to two of the most problematic aspects of that period: the role of the Vichy government in the persecution of Jews, and the ambiguities and disagreements concerning the Resistance. More generally, the novel raises questions about memory and its inevitable obverse, forgetting. It is from our own contemporary perspective, heavily informed by concerns over memory and World War II, that this aspect of Les Mandarins comes to the fore. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Literature and Comparative Literature en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Berghahn Journals en_US
dc.relation.isversionof doi:10.3167/fpcs.2010.280202 en_US
dash.license OAP
dc.subject Nazi Occupation en_US
dc.subject Simone de Beauvoir en_US
dc.subject French Resistance en_US
dc.subject Holocaust en_US
dc.subject memory studies en_US
dc.title Memory Troubles: Remembering the Occupation in Simone de Beauvoir's Les Mandarins en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Accepted Manuscript en_US
dc.relation.journal French Politics, Culture and Society en_US
dash.depositing.author Suleiman, Susan Rubin
dc.date.available 2011-04-08T15:08:51Z

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