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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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War, Memory, and the Politics of Humor

Allen Douglas

University of California Press

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

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