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Mobilising memory
Reading the Second World War in children’s crime fiction of the 1990s and 2000s
in French crime fiction and the Second World War
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This chapter discusses representations of wartime Jewish persecution in children's crime fiction of the 1990s and 2000s. It examines the reframing of war memories in these decades and the emergence of a civic memory of the Second World War structured around questions of collective responsibility and an ethics of remembrance. This mobilisation of memory is explored in crime fiction aimed at younger readers, specifically the work of Robert Boudet, Murielle Szac and Romain Slocombe. The chapter argues that such crime fiction furthers our understanding of the complex negotiations required to transmit war stories from one generation to the next.

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French crime fiction and the Second World War

Past crimes, present memories


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