Paradigms of Memory: The Occupation and Other Hi/Stories in Patrick Modiano's Fiction

Book Title

Paradigms of Memory: The Occupation and Other Hi/Stories in Patrick Modiano's Fiction

Type of Work

Book

Files

Publication Date

1998

Role

Editor

Editor

Martine Guyot-Bender, William VanderWolk

Publisher

Peter Lang

City

New York, NY, USA

Series

Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literatures

ISBN

9780820438641

Abstract

The first collective study in English of the novels of Patrick Modiano (b. 1945), these essays approach the question of memory - and its interaction with history - in Modiano's works from several different theoretical and critical angles, all leading to an examination of the relationship between recollection and representation. The historical background of the Nazi occupation of France offers grounds for reflection on the ambiguous relationship between individual and collective memory. Through investigation, memory, repetition, and a coming to writing, Modiano's narrators represent each one of us as we come to terms with our individual and historical past.

Hamilton Areas of Study

French and Francophone Studies

Paradigms of Memory: The Occupation and Other Hi/Stories in Patrick Modiano's Fiction

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