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The Art of Survival: France and the Great War Picaresque

Libby Murphy


The Art of Survival: France and the Great War Picaresque is a new literary and cultural history of the First World War in France. It offers readers a fresh perspective on wartime popular culture, uncovering the attitudes and outlooks of the people who lived through the war one hundred years ago. The book develops a counternarrative to postwar interpretations of the infantryman as passive victim or active resister, focusing instead on the mechanisms through which soldiers and civilians resigned themselves to the war but imagined themselves as survivors. They were able to do so by reactivating a ... More

Keywords: First World War, France, popular culture, picaresque tradition, serial novels, cartoons, Charlie Chaplin, satire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780300217513
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300217513.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Libby Murphy, author
Oberlin College