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French crime fiction and the Second World WarPast crimes, present memories$
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Claire Gorrara

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719082658

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719082658.001.0001

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Introduction: Mapping French Memories of the Second World War

Introduction: Mapping French Memories of the Second World War

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(p.1) Introduction: Mapping French Memories of the Second World War
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French crime fiction and the Second World War
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Claire Gorrara

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719082658.003.0001

This introduction sets out the conceptual, historical and literary-critical foundations on which this book is built. It begins by exploring some of the conceptual approaches to the study of collective memory. It focuses in particular on cultural memory and the influential role of fictional texts. It then examines the fraught historical legacies of the Second World War and evaluates Henry Rousso's pioneering model of the evolutions in French memories of the Second World War, the ‘Vichy syndrome’. Lastly, the introduction examines critical approaches to the study of popular culture. It investigates the narrative template of crime fiction and identifies the specific contribution crime fiction can make to our understanding of the wartime past.

Keywords:   Cultural memory, France, Second World War, Henry Rousso, Crime fiction, Vichy syndrome

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