Web of Memory

Allen Douglas

in War, Memory, and the Politics of Humor

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780520228764
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926943 | DOI:
Web of Memory

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This chapter discusses the memory of war in relation to the Canard and France. It shows that the Canard of the 1920s considered the Great War as a matter of memory, which was a way of telling the truth during the war. For France, however, the memory of the war was immortalized through commemoration monuments and ceremonies. These commemorations were one of the common topics of the Canard during these years. As this chapter shows, the line of the Canard was not univocal; it also respected the memory of the soldiers who sacrificed themselves during the war and criticized those who violated commemorations with jazz bands and parties.

Keywords: memory of war; Great War; commemoration; sacrifice; soldiers

Chapter.  10000 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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