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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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The Tears of L’Intran

The Tears of L’Intran

Semiotic Hijacking and Wartime Anxieties

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War, Memory, and the Politics of Humor

Allen Douglas

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the “tears of L'Intran”, which illustrated the satirical attack on the confrontational mass press and the techniques that brought humor from tragedy. The discussion examines the moving patriotic anecdotes that were published by the L'Intransigeant, a former leftist newspaper. The Canard made a mockery of these stories and created parodies based on them. Eventually, the L'Intransigeant was known for transforming suffering or tears into militarism, while the Canard was known for transmuting both into humor.

Keywords:   tears of L'Intran, satirical attack, patriotic anecdotes, L'Intransigeant, parody, militarism

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