Between Cannibalism and Resurrection

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:
Between Cannibalism and Resurrection

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This chapter discusses the articles published in the Canard about the official ceremonies that were associated with the cult of the mystery soldier who lay beneath the Arc de Triomphe. The periodical routinely attacked the exploitation of the dead soldier by using the motifs of a vengeful resurrection from the grave and cannibalism. The chapter shows that this cult provided the perfect occasion for a critique on the idea of the cultivation of the memory of the war. The weekly's savage reconceptualization of the mystery solider now stands as a powerful commentary on the marriage of mass war and nation.

Keywords: official ceremonies; cult; mystery soldier; Arc de Triomphe; exploitation; cannibalism; resurrection; memory of war

Chapter.  6081 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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