In this Book

summary
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 experience and troubled memories of it continue to echo through their later writing, even and especially when it is not the explicit topic. This was an astonishing generation of writers who would go on to play a pivotal role on a global scale in post-war aesthetic and philosophical endeavours. The book proposes close readings of works by some of the most brilliant amongst them: Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Charlotte Delbo, Paul Ricoeur, Emmanuel Levinas, Louis Althusser, Jorge Semprun, Elie Wiesel, and Sarah Kofman.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Title, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. vii-viii
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Introduction: Don't Mention the War
  2. pp. 1-8
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Section A: Ethics, Trauma and Interpretation
  1. 1. Trauma and Ethics: Telling the Other's Story
  2. pp. 11-28
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 2. Traumatic Hermeneutics: Reading and Overreading the Pain of Others
  2. pp. 29-46
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Section B: Writing the War: Sartre, Beauvoir, Camus
  1. 3. Sartre and Beauvoir: A Very Gentle Occupation?
  2. pp. 49-64
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 4. Camus’s War: L’Etranger and Lettres à un ami allemand
  2. pp. 65-79
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 5: Interpreting, Ethics and Witnessing in La Peste and La Chute
  2. pp. 80-116
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Section C: Prisoners of War Give Philosophy Lessons
  1. 6. Life Stories: Ricoeur
  2. pp. 119-133
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 7. Afterlives: Althusser and Levinas
  2. pp. 134-147
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 8. Levinas the Novelist
  2. pp. 148-162
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Section D: Surviving, Witnessing and Telling Tales
  1. 9. Testimony/Literature/Fiction: Jorge Semprun
  2. pp. 165-192
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 10. Elie Wiesel: Witnessing, Telling and Knowing
  2. pp. 193-217
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 11. Sarah Kofman and the Time Bomb of Memory
  2. pp. 218-233
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Conclusion: Whose War, Which War?
  2. pp. 234-238
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 239-249
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Index
  2. pp. 250-254
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download

Additional Information

ISBN
9781786948243
Related ISBN
9781786940421
MARC Record
OCLC
1138056608
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2020-02-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.