The Traumatic Memory of the Great War in Louis-Ferdinand Celine's Voyage Au Bout De La Nuit (Studies in French Literature v. 80)

The Traumatic Memory of the Great War in Louis-Ferdinand Celine's Voyage Au Bout De La Nuit (Studies in French Literature v. 80)

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The first full-length study interpreting Celine's great novel through his traumatic war experience. As such, it makes an important contribution to Celine studies, to studies of memory and literature of the Great War, as well as to broader studies of war disrupted by twentieth-century trauma, memory and identity.

About Author

Edmund C. Merem received his Ph.D. from Jackson State University where he is a member of the faculty.

Contents

Acknowledgements i; Abbreviations iii; Foreword v; Preface Henri Godard, Professor Emeritus of the Sorbonne vii; Introduction 1; 1 4 MAI - From Heroism to Alienation 21; 1.1 Prelude 21; Enlightenment and Revolution 21; The Memory of War 22; Ernest Psichari 23; Enthusiasm 25; The Hero 26; 1.2 The Great War 27; Modern War 27; Unprecedented War 28; Total War 28; Union Sacree 30; Gold 31; 1.3 Death, Stasis, Repetition 32; The Trenches 32; The Death of the Cavalry 34; Death 35; Verdun 37; 1.4 Alienation 40; Mechanisation 40; Landscape 41; Absurdity 42; Shell-shock 42; Censorship 45; Cowardice, Desertion and Mutiny 46; Endurance 47; Conclusion 50; 2 REMEMBERING - From Myth to Anti-Myth 55; 2.1 Traditional Memory 55; Commemoration and Myth 55; The Dead 57; The Unknown Republican Soldier 57. Pour elle un Francais doit mourir 59; 1793 61; Silence 62; Veterans 63; 11 November 1928 68; 2.2 The Writers of Modern Memory 70; 1929 70; Graves 72; Hemingway 76; Remarque 79; The Battle for Memory 83; The Anti-Norton Cru 87; Conclusion 87; 3 CELINE AT WAR - From Rambouillet to Poelkapelle 93; 3.1 Childhood Experience 93; Separation 93; Death 94; Family, Work and Army 95; 3.2 Before the War 98; The 12th Cuirassiers 98; Arrival at Rambouillet 98; Barrack Life 99; Cuirassier Celine 101; Desertion 103; La Reussite 104; 3.3 War 105; Mobilisation 105; North 106; The Enemy 108; The Battle of the Marne 109; Flanders 112; The Encounter with Death 114; The End of the War 116; The Death of the 12th Cuirassiers 116; Conclusion 117; 4 RE-ENACTMENT - From Hazebrouck to Voyage 123; 4.1 Memory 123; Shock 123; Val-de-Grace 125; London 126; Africa 127; Silence 133; Semmelweiss 133; Marriage 135; La Societe des Nations 136; The Crisis in Memory 137. 4.2 The Trauma of the Soldier 141; The Stress of Combat 141; The Aftermath 143; The Trepanation Myth 144; The Nightmare of Memory 146; The Death Imprint 147; The Search for Meaning 149; 4.3 The Site of Re-enactment 150; Duality 150; The Breach in Consciousness 151; The Cycle of Re-enactment 153; The Function of Rappel 155; The Cycle of Commemoration 157; The Cycle of Revolution 157; The Return of Experience 159; The Voice of the Wound 161; Conclusion 161; 5 TRUTH AND UNTRUTH - From Silence to Witness 167; 5.1 From Traumatic Memory to Traumatic Narrative 167; The Site of Remembering and Forgetting 167; Traumatic Memory 168; From one Narrative to Another 171; 5.2 From Silence to Witness 173; The Temptation of Silence 173; The Silence of Memory 174; The Breach of Silence 175; Silence and Witness to War 176; Silence against Silence 177; Silence and Self 178; Beyond Silence 180; 5.3 From Eye-Witness to I-Witness 181; The General Picture 181; Eye-Witness 181; Narrative Voice 182; War Narrative 183; Intertextual Witness 186; Henri Barbusse 187; Marcel Lafaye 189; I-Witness 190; The Community of Telling 193; From Truth to Untruth 195; Conclusion 196; 6 REWRITING THE SELF - From Destouches to Celine 201; 6.1 The Circle of Stasis 201; Circles 201; The Debashed Self 203; The Mask 205. Donning the Mask 206; The Effort to Break Free 207; 6.2 The Protean Self 209; Towards the Protean 209; The Self as Coward and Deserter 210; Robinson: The Broken Self 213; Une espece de scene brutale a moi-meme 216; The Death of Robinson 217; Double Trouble 218; The Self as Voyager 219; Sex Tourism 221; Baryton Voyager 222; Displaced Persons 223; The Self as Storyteller 223; The Self as Doctor 224; The Quest for Gold 227; Female Celine 228; Celine Cellini 229; Conclusion 233; 7 BEYOND REDEMPTION - From Accusation to Denunciation 237; 7.1 Accusation 237; Revolt 237; Denunciation 238; The Breach of Contract 240; 7.2 The Death of the Hero 241; Je l'avoue 241; The Monster 242; The False Promise of Immortality 244; 7.3 The Theatre of Patriotism 248; The Theatre of Trauma 248; Lola 249; Musyne 250; Puta 252; The Patriotic Psychiatrist 253; Father and Mother 254; The Theatre of Survival 254; 7.4 The Death of Camaraderie 256; The Denial of Camaraderie 256; The Destruction of Solidarity 257; The Failure of Camaraderie 258; 7.5 The Death of Compassion 259; L'amour impossible 259; Maman! maman! 260; Compassionating the distress of others 262; L'amour de la vie des autres 264; 7.6 The Anti-Psichari 266; Les Trois Ordres 266. The Military 266; Le Savant 268; The Church 269; Protiste 270; Conclusion 271; 8 ORAL WITNESS - From the Oral to the Demonic 275; 8.1 The Death of Literature 275; A New Style 275; The Living Word 276; The Language of Truth-Telling 276; Protean Language 277; Emotion 279; Oral Witness 281; 8.2 Soldier Speech 283; Humour 283; Irony 284; Against Censorship 287; The Excremental 288; 8.3 Imagery 291; The Demonic 291; Underworlds 294; Mythologies 298; Orpheus 299; Conclusion 300; 9 THE ANTI-REPUBLIC - From Voyage to Journey's End 305; 9.1 Celine's Philosophies 305; The Anti-Plato 305; Er 310; Celine's Cosmogony 312; 9.2 The Anti-Enlightenment 313; The Dawn 313; The Sun 314; Perpetual War 315; Princhard 316; Les maitres 318; Return to 4 mai 323; 9.3 Beyond Voyage 324; Mort a credit 325; Casse-pipe 328; Mea culpa 329; Bagatelles pour un massacre 330; L'Ecole des cadavres 332; Les Beaux Draps 334; Guignol's band 336; Feerie pour une autre fois 339; D'un chateau l'autre 341; Nord 343. Rigodon 344; Conclusion 347; CONCLUSION 355; BIBLIOGRAPHY 365; INDEX 379.

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