After the Fall
War and Occupation in Irène Némirovsky's Suite française
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: The Catholic University of America Press
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I am grateful to Texas A & M University for the Faculty Development leave that allowed me to complete my research and draft the initial manuscript of this book, and for the generous grant awarded by the Program to Enhance Scholarly and Creative Activities through the Office of the Vice President for Research ...
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One would be hard-pressed to make a more compelling case for the enduring potency of World War II in contemporary French culture than that offered by IrÃ¨ne NÃ©mirovskyâs Suite franÃ§aise, which was finally and dramatically discovered and published in 2004, over sixty years after the authorâs tragic death. ...
Chapter 1. Timely Representations
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With respect to the traumatic events in 1940, NÃ©mirovsky presents an intriguing paradox that may explain a good deal of the present-day confusion surrounding her attitude toward the war. In the wake of Hegel, who, in surveying the succession of human events claimed to read the âprose of the worldâ ...
Chapter 2. Narrating the Fall
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IrÃ¨ne NÃ©mirovsky, as we have seen, refused to rally her Suite franÃ§aise under any particular banner and resolved to maintain her composure in the face of the increasingly sinister events of the early war years. In her fictional narrative as well as in her personal life, she displayed neither cynical detachment nor wounded isolationism. ...
Chapter 3. Epic Suffering
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For a close paraphrase of NÃ©mirovskyâs perspective on private lives and collective destiny during the MayâJune 1940 debacle, we can cite one of TempÃªte en juinâs major protagonists, Philippe PÃ©ricand, the priest who takes on the task of accompanying a group of delinquants and orphans to safety in the southern provinces. ...
Chapter 4. Accounting for Disaster: TempÃªte en juin and Its Contemporaries
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The specific contributions of NÃ©mirovskyâs narrative of the Mayâ June 1940 debacle, including not only its strengths, but also certain limitations, come into sharper focus when we compare TempÃªte en juin with several other prominent narratives of the defeat and exodus also written during the early years of the Occupation ...
Chapter 5. Occupational Hazards
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Given the traumatic events and divisive discourses occasioned by Hitlerâs conquest and occupation of French territory, there is no little audacity in NÃ©mirovskyâs choice of Suite franÃ§aise and Dolce as titles. These musical terms would normally suggest a set of artful, delicately elaborated musical compositions ...
Chapter 6. Portraits of the Nazis as Young Men
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Franceâs stinging defeat brought into full public view the Wehrmacht soldiers marching down the Champs-ÃlysÃ©es, relaxing in countless provincial CafÃ©s de Commerce, and camping in farms and chÃ¢teaux, in each case profoundly changing the visible texture of everyday life. ...
Chapter 7. Private Lives and Public Stories
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After the sound and fury of TempÃªte en juin, the second installment of NÃ©mirovskyâs war narrative portrays a relative return to normal. Suggesting a âsoftâ or âsweetâ musical interlude, the title Dolce functions as a metaphor for the whole series of plot developments. ...
Chapter 8. Reaching the Rendezvous with Destiny
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In order to fully discern the implications of Lucileâs intimate but never-consummated conversations with Bruno that lead up to her decisive refusal to make love with this culturally refined and emotionally sensitive member of the Wehrmacht, we cannot take her at face value. ...
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Publication Year: 2012