Aims/Description: The course aims to enable students to critically interrogate how historical 'truths' were perpetuated and distorted to serve ideological purposes through censored and clandestine cultural production during the Nazi Occupation of France. Student will critically examine and evaluate the historical reliability of a range of texts written both by the general public and by cultural and political figures over the period. These contemporary testimonies found in diaries, letters, newspapers and newsreels of the time are then set against cultural production distributed both openly (under censorship) and clandestinely in order to assess how these 'realities' were processed and the purposes to which they were set during the conflict. In particular, students will pay close attention to any conspicuous divergence into propaganda and myth. Students will be introduced to specialist critical material in the field of life writing, film and literature and historiography as well as to a range of novels and films produced during the Occupation.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK