In the Forests of the Night: England, France and the Writing of War

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Abstract

This chapter explores some key elements of Margaret Atack’s personal and academic trajectory that framed her approach to Resistance literature as a research topic, emphasising particularly the integration of ‘non-Englishness’ within her family history, and the intersections of the imaginary, history and historiography in her work. Studying French in an English university at a moment of extreme turbulence in French literary criticism, as high structuralism and its intoxicating blend of Marxism, psychoanalysis, philosophy and feminist theory gained enthusiastic support, led her towards a narratological and cultural analysis that truly came alive when she encountered the facsimile edition of the clandestine Lettres françaises in the Brotherton Library in Leeds.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LeedsLeedsUK

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