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Another side to the story: confessions of guilt in occupation narratives

Kitchen, Ruth 2011. Another side to the story: confessions of guilt in occupation narratives. French Cultural Studies 22 (3) , pp. 207-217. 10.1177/0957155811408825

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This article examines the theme of guilt in narratives of the German Occupation of France. Guilt entails the knowing transgression of a taboo, whether social, legal or psychical. The argument develops a definition of guilt from George Bataille’s Le Coupable (1944) and proposes a reading of the evolution of Occupation guilt through the trope of narrative confession. The three narratives examined, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Le Corbeau (1943), Henri Razcymow’s Un cri sans voix (1985) and Philippe Grimbert’s Un secret (2004), differently explore the confession of Occupation guilt and span the 70-year period of cultural production. The study of these narratives reveals that the representation of guilt has changed over time, and provides evidence of the evolving nature of Occupation guilt in French cultural history.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
D History General and Old World > DC France
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: becoming other; confession; sacrifice; transgression
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0957-1558
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2017 04:23

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