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Scandal and Aftereffect

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Uch right wing publications as Combat Le Rempart and l'Insurge Using the concept of the aftereffect developed in psychoanalysis to link the shock of disclosure to problems of repression Ungar expands his study of Blanchot's writings into a broader analyses of cultural political and historical amnesia in an attempt to resolve the following uestions How and when does critical understanding of the past develop when control over the memory of a specific period is contested among those who lived it and those whose access to it depends on the accounts of others Why have historical accounts of the recent past b.

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Maurice Blanchot emerged after World War II as a key figure in the literary world though he was known by some of his contemporaries in France for his prior involvement in far rightist politics How did this happen Why have literary critics as in the cases of Martin Heidegger and Paul de Man chosen to ignore or suppress Blanchot's right wing interwar and wartime writings focusing instead on his postwar production Scandal and Aftereffect provides an enlightening and provocative examination of these uestions as Steven Ungar looks at 100 articles published under Blanchot's signature between 1932 and 1937 in s.

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Ecome increasingly open to uestion and revision How structural is this process or is it purely peculiar to wartime periods and therefore tied to the nature of contemporary historical experiences Addressing problems of method related to the convergence of interests among historians and literary scholars Ungar includes an overview of current debates surrounding the contested memories of Vichy France and the Holocaust Scandal and Aftereffect will make a crucial contribution to discussions about the function of memory in the relationship of history to cultural production and about the history of history itse.

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