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Paradigms of Memory

The Occupation and Other Hi/stories in the Novels of Patrick Modiano


Martine Guyot-Bender and William C. VanderWolk

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.
Contents: Martine Guyot-Bender / William VanderWolk: Editors' Introduction - Martine Guyot-Bender: Making Sense of Narrative Ambiguity - Marja Warehime: Returning to the Scene of the Crime - William VanderWolk: Whose Memory is This? Modiano's Historical Method - Alan Morris: A Photographic Memory: Ambiguity in Chien de printemps- Junate Kaminskas: Modiano's Female Trilogy: Voyage de Noces, Fleurs de ruine, Un Cirque passe - Hervé Allet: The Names of the Fathers: Onomastics and Intertextuality in La Place de l'étoile - Nathalie Rachlin: The Modiano Syndrome: 1968-1997 - Joseph Golsan: Author, Identity and the Voice of History in Patrick Modiano's La Ronde de nuit and Boulevards de ceinture - Juliette Dickstein: Inventing French Memory: The Legacy of the Occupation in the Works of Patrick Modiano: 1968-1988 - Raymond Bach: Recurring Characters in Modiano's Oeuvre.