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Richard J. Golsan is university distinguished professor and director of the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University.
Chapter 1: France’s Fractured Legal Vector of Memory
Chapter 2: The Le Pen Moment
Chapter 3: Alain Badiou’s The Meaning of Sarkozy: “Transcendental Pétainism” and the Ossification of History
Chapter 4: Remaking the Mode Rétro: Perversion and the “Pulping” of History in Jonathan Litell’s The Kindly Ones
Chapter 5: Revising History, Betraying Memory: Yannick Haenel’s Jan Karski and the Jan Karski Affair
In The Vichy Past in France Today: Corruptions of Memory, Richard J. Golsan has made another significant contribution to our understanding on both sides of the Atlantic of France during the “Dark Years,”.... Whatever the future, Golsan has written a highly informative study combining literary and political history. The Vichy Past in France Today is not only a first-rate analysis of memories of the war years in France and the ways in which they are used for political and literary purposes, it also offers insights into the creation of what Marianne Hirsch has called “post-memory,” or the transmission of memory to succeeding generations.... Golsan has given us a magnificent study of the public sphere of politics and culture pertaining to the memories of the war years.
— H-France Review
A powerfully argued analysis. . . . Vichy today stands as a metonym for an interpretation of the past that threatens to displace the French Revolution as the guiding referent for defining French identity in our times. Golsan offers a compelling explanation of how and why.
— Journal of Modern History
Splendidly lucid and insightful, Richard J. Golsan's study illuminates the French memory of the Vichy regime, its complexities, and its consequences for contemporary France.
— Gerald J. Prince, University of Pennsylvania
Americans, still haunted by their Civil War of a century and a half ago, should not be surprised that the French bear an even fresher wound from the defeat of 1940 and their conflicting responses to German occupation. Richard J. Golsan’s books have been wise guides to the unending replay of these pains in French politics and culture, and The Vichy Past in France Today carries his work forward into the twenty-first century with his customary thoughtful care.
— Robert O. Paxton, Columbia University
Richard J. Golsan analyzes the ways Vichy France is repeatedly reconfigured, suffusing contemporary French culture. As a damning metaphor and a polemical tool, it is increasingly distant from the past as conceived by historians of the period. In The Vichy Past in France Today: Corruptions of Memory, Golsan lucidly explains why so many of those who now remember the Vichy past in France appear doomed to repeat that memory as farce.
— Donald Reid, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Richard J. Golsan, one of the best North American connoisseurs of French culture and politics, has written a new, brilliant, and thought-provoking book. Breaking a kind of a consensus, he argues that France is still coping with the legacy of the Dark Years. From 1990 to 2000, public debates have largely focused on French accountability in the Holocaust, the need to provide accurate historical narratives, and moral issues to be learned from the Vichy past. On the contrary, in the last decade, controversies seem to go backwards and carry on multiple forms of revisionist and distorted interpretations of the past. These are consequences of a lingering feeling of decline, of the extreme right's growing impact, and of deeper political divisions. Whether one follows or not his rather pessimistic views, Golsan reopens the discussion on the French ‘hot topic’ par excellence.
— Henry Rousso, Institute for Contemporary History, French National Center for Scientific Research