A Photographic Memory: Ambiguity in Chien de printemps

Alan Morris

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationParadigms of Memory
Subtitle of host publicationthe Occupation and Other hi/Stories in the Novels of Patrick Modiano
EditorsM. Guyot-Bender, W. Vander Wolk
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPeter Lang AG
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780820438641
Publication statusPublished - 1998

Publication series

NameCurrents in comparative romance languages and literatures
PublisherPeter Lang


  • autobiographical memory in literature
  • literature and the war


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