The Twentieth-Century Periodical in French
Joan Tumblety Je suis partout, 1930-1944
Joan Tumblety Je suis partout, 1930–1944 It is undeniable that Je suis partout successfully positioned itself as a sig- nificant publication within the literary space of inter-war France, attract- ing the writing credits and editorial expertise of leading members of the French intelligentsia. Its circulation figures – around 100,000 per copy in the mid-1930s – nonetheless paled against those for its literary rivals on the right: Candide sold as many as 340,000 copies in 1936 and Gringoire managed over half a million (Dioudonnat 1973, 15; Weber 1962, 506–10).1 In any case, any appreciation of the literary or other merits of Je suis partout has been overshadowed by the knowledge of its enthusiastic support of the Nazi ‘new order’ after the defeat of 1940. The events of the post-Liberation purges fixed the publication’s notoriety: its most illustrious editor, Robert Brasillach, was executed for treason in February 1945 and the wider edito- rial équipe tried and found guilty of collaboration in November 1946. This condemnation occurred at a crucial juncture in public debates in France over the ethical responsibility – and freedom – of the intellectual, and the verdict illustrated how the words of collaborationists were construed as deeds. The fortunes of Je suis partout thus provide a salutary lesson in the consequences of exercising literary muscle for overtly political purposes. A study of this weekly publication also highlights something of the wider tensions within the radical right in inter-war France: many commentators have seen in the intellectual development of Je...
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