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War, Memory, and the Politics of HumorThe Canard Enchaine  and World War I$
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Allen Douglas

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520228764

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520228764.001.0001

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Between Cannibalism and Resurrection

Between Cannibalism and Resurrection

The Body of the Unknown Soldier

(p.154) 9 Between Cannibalism and Resurrection
War, Memory, and the Politics of Humor

Allen Douglas

University of California Press

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

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