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39-40 | 2014
Littératures, identités régionales et Grande Guerre

Literature, Regional Identities and the Great War
Edited by Nicolas Beaupré, Vincent Flauraud and Aline Fryszman

The regional approach has long been neglected by scholars of the Great War.  Nonetheless, it allows for a closer study of local communities at war that leads to a deeper understanding of the ways in which individuals and groups relied on preexisting networks to cope with the conflict, mobilized their local and regional identities in a war between nations, and reconfigured, or not, the ties between home, region, and nation.
Literature played an important role not only in the creation but in the questioning of regional identities and it also participated in forging or fracturing both wartime and postwar identities.  War narratives and memoirs played a particularly important role in the construction of the wartime experience as well as the identities of veterans.  However, while the study of the literature of the Great War at the national level is a highly dynamic field of research, scholars have neglected regionalist writers and their works, as well as references to regional affiliations or a sense of belonging to a particular region made by veterans.  This special double issue of Siècles sets out to fill this historiographical void.

Editor's notes

Ce numéro double de Siècles est publié avec le partenariat de l'IUF et a reçu le label de la Mission du Centenaire de la Première Guerre mondiale.

La mise en ligne de ce numéro a été effectuée par Isabelle Langlois, Claude Tardif et Floriane Schocher (stagiaire master 2 recherche d'histoire).

Marie Bolton a assuré la relecture et la correction des résumés anglais.

Vignette : Dessin de Jean Coulon, Sans titre, réalisé pendant la Grande Guerre (1914-1918), Collection Georges-Coulon, reproduit avec l’aimable autorisation de Georges Coulon.

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