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The Gallic Singularity

The Medieval and Early Modern Origins

Tracy Adams

convinced that, on balance, the relationship between the sexes—the sentimental collaboration—is more intense and pleasurable in France than in the United States. The narrative that the French relationship between the sexes, however turbulent, is more

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Black October

Comics, Memory, and Cultural Representations of 17 October 1961

Claire Gorrara

the potential of popular culture to communicate narratives of historical events that are partially present or missing from official accounts. 2 By analyzing the reframing of 17 October 1961 within the comic form, this article will argue that Octobre

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Between Resistance and the State

Caribbean Activism and the Invention of a National Memory of Slavery in France

Itay Lotem

politicization of the memory of the slave trade in French public discourse. In particular, it explores how grassroots associations and state actors interacted to integrate the memory of slavery and its abolitions into France’s national post-colonial narrative

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Objects of Dispute

Planning, Discourse, and State Power in Post-War France

Edward Welch

engendered were produced by and through discourse and narrative. As the Schéma directeur was translated into built forms on the ground, it demonstrated the power of statements, and particularly statements made by the state, to produce changes in empirical

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Colette française (et fille de zouave)

Colette and the French Singularity

Kathleen Antonioli

, perhaps a prime example of an educated, “masculine” woman writer, is rejected in this nationalization of Colette. Of course, Thérive is far from the first literary critic to reject George Sand, but he does it here in the name of a long narrative of

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Ivan Jablonka

Translator : Nathan Bracher

attacking researchers, accusing them of trying to “excuse” terrorists or undermine the “national narrative” taught in textbooks. In the United States as elsewhere, it is more and more profitable in the political arena to be conspicuously anti

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Colin Davis

Philosophers, especially moral philosophers, repeatedly turn to examples to show their principles in action, or to put them to the test, or to refine them. But examples are also a distrusted resource; narrative (even a minimal narrative such as a philosophical example) may have a semantic waywardness which makes it an uncertain ally in philosophical discussion. What is at stake here is the extent to which stories can be contained within clearly delineated conceptual frames. To put it bluntly,

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What Was So Funny about Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob (1973)

A Comedic Film between History and Memory

Michael Mulvey

violence against Maghrébin immigrants. In 1971, Marseilles witnessed the murder of Algerians in a wave of racist crimes. 16 A growing public awareness of the Shoah had inaugurated a reevaluation of deportation narratives in France. 17 In 1972, Jean

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The Moral Rearmament of France

Pierre Nora, Memory, and the Crises of Republicanism

Ben Mercer

The article traces the transformation of the idea of memory in the writings of Pierre Nora. His multi-volume Les Lieux de mémoire is read as a response to historiographical and historical crises of the 1970s, an attempt to write the history of France in which memory served as the new basis of national unity. However, the new national synthesis of memory that emerged merely resembled a liberal republicanism, whose enemies were variously immigrants, multiculturalists, neo-nationalists, dissenters from the anti-totalitarian consensus, or anyone who emphasized Vichy or France's colonial past. Ultimately, memory proved no more capable of dealing with the troublesome aspects of historical narrative or memory than traditional history.

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Massacres and Their Historians

Recent Histories of State Violence in France and Algeria in the Twentieth Century

Joshua Cole

Historians cannot resist violence.* Not simply because of a voyeuristic interest in the dramatically lethal, but also because many of the most vexing questions about the writing of history converge in the crucible of violent events. Historians are attracted to the subject because they hope that it might tell them something about the fundamental problems in their discipline: questions about causality, agency, narrative, and contingency; about the readability of the past and the conclusions that one can draw about complex social phenomena from fragmentary and often one-sided bits of evidence.