Resurgent collaboration
Revisiting collaboration in French crime fiction of the 1980s
in French crime fiction and the Second World War
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This chapter discusses representations of collaboration in French crime fiction of the 1980s. It begins by reviewing cultural stereotypes of collaboration in early post-war fiction and philosophy, such as Jean-Paul Sartre's essay ‘Qu’est-ce qu’un collaborateur?’ It then analyses revisionist readings of collaboration proposed by American and French historians of the 1970s and 1980s before examining the work of three crime novelists: Didier Daeninckx, Jean Mazarin and George-Jean Arnaud. Their work demonstrates the extent to which crime fiction has popularised historical reassessments of the past and how, in the narrative template of crime fiction, such reassessments gain a heightened emotional and ethical charge.

French crime fiction and the Second World War

Past crimes, present memories

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