David Uhrig has just published a new study untitled “Maurice Blanchot's Aminadab: a novel about collective memory under Vichy” in "Framing Narratives of the Second World War and Occupation in France 1939-2009: New Readings" edited by Margaret Atack and Christopher Lloyd, Durham Modern Languages Series, Manchester University Press, 2012, 251pp.

This book brings together an internationally distinguished group of contributors and offers an authoritative overview of criticism on war and occupation narratives in French, a redefinition of the canon of texts and films to be studied and a vibrant demonstration of the richness of the work in this area. Edited by two leading specialists, the book also includes contributions by William Cloonan, Richard J Golsan, Leah Hewitt, Colin Nettelbeck and Gisele Sapiro.

"David Uhrig's subject is Blanchot's avant-garde novel of 1942, Aminadab. Contextualizing Blanchot's views on authoritarianism, France and his anti-Nazism, and elucidating the politics and its memorial structure of the text, he establishes the importance of its precise temporality against later readings taking it into a more general critique of society, and its use of Halbwachs's pre-war study on collective memory, in order to present the interplay of dynamic movement and stasis, of individual and plurality, quite incompatible with the direction being taken by Vichy." Margaret Atack and Christopher Lloyd, Framing narratives, pp. 179-180.



Table of contents:

Introduction

PART 1: CONSTRUCTING THE WAR IN NARRATIVE
. The role of literature in framing perceptions of reality: the example of the Second World War, Gisèle Sapiro
. Representing the war: contemporary narratives of the Second World War, William Cloonan
. Getting at the truth: some issues of sources in the construction of an understanding of the Second World War and Occupation in France, Colin Nettelbeck
. La Main à plume: poetry under the Occupation, Nathalie Aubert
. A reading of Genet's adaptations from the Russian novel in his Occupation narratives, Thomas Newman
. Private and public places and spaces in Jonathan Littell's Les Bienveillantes, Peter Tame
. Henry Bauchau's Le Boulevard périphérique: the war story as clarification and investigation of the present, Béatrice Damamme-Gilbert

PART 2: REPRESENTATION AND RECEPTION
. Corruptions of memory: some reflections on history, representation and le devoir de mémoire in France today, Richard J. Golsan
. Lived experience past/reading experience present: figures of memory in life-writing narratives of the Occupation, Debra Kelly
. Fictions of testimony: Irène Némirovsky and Suite française, Angela Kershaw
. Hoaxes and the memory of the Second World War: from Un Héros très discret to Misha Defonseca, Virginie Sansico
. Framing the past: illustrating the Second World War in French children's fiction, Penny Brown
. The traumatized national community in Anna Langfus's Les Bagages de sable, Angela O'Flaherty
. When the SS man says I: on Robert Merle, Michel Rachline and Jonathan Littell, Luc Rasson

PART 3: TRAJECTORIES
. Distorted mirrors: Jewish identity in French post-war films on the Occupation, Leah D. Hewitt
. The liberal way of war? French representations of the allies, 1944-2008, Hilary Footitt
. Avoir vingt ans dans cette effroyable tourmente': Second World War diaries in the light of Hélène Berr's Journal, Danièle Sabbah
. Maurice Blanchot's Aminadab: a novel about collective memory under Vichy, David Uhrig
. Life as an 'enfant de collabo': Marie Chaix's evolution, 1974-2005, Katherine Cardin
. 'Un Passé qui ne passe pas': the memory of the Occupation in Patrick Modiano's Accident nocturne and Dans le café de la jeunesse perdue, Alan Morris

Conclusion

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