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Hitler and the Second World War in French Historiography and Fiction

  • Manuel BragançaEmail author
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Abstract

The introductory chapter argues that fiction is a privileged medium to understand the collective consciousness of a time. It also gives an overview of how and why memories of the Second World War have evolved in France since 1945, highlighting the role that the arts and literature played in this regard. The chapter concludes with a theoretical discussion of the literary and ethical difficulties of including historical characters in fiction, both in general terms and more specifically in the case of Adolf Hitler in French fiction.

Keywords

Adolf Hitler Roland Barthes Henry Rousso Memory Evil Literature and history 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University College DublinBelfield, DublinIreland

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