Occupation and Resistance: The French Memory and Experience of World War II

Few experiences in recent French history have marked French collective memory as profoundly as World War II. During these years, the French dealt not only with the trauma of defeat and the German Occupation, but also with the divisive legacy of the collaborationist Vichy regime, headed by Marshal Philippe Pétain, a revered World War I hero. Memories of the war have continued to mark the public imagination to the present day, manifesting themselves in the various arenas of French national life. This course examines the history and memory of the French experience of World War II through historical documents, memoirs, films, literature, and songs.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 14

Prerequisites: At least one unit of FREN 205, FREN 206, FREN 207, FREN 208, FREN 209 or above, or an equivalent departmental placement score.

Instructor: Datta

Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature; HS - Historical Studies

Typical Periods Offered: Fall and Spring

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring