Current Postgraduate Students
Mr Richard Lawrie
My thesis, ‘Narratives of Collaboration in Post-War France’, examines narratives of collaboration in the broader context of the evolution of representations of the German Occupation of France from 1940-44. It addresses in particular issues such as the historiographical function of fiction and autobiographical narratives and the generic and ethical boundaries between fiction, biography and history, the changing social and moral attitudes towards collaboration, and the accuracy of the current periodisation of such changes, and how the emotional and behavioural characteristics and activities of collaborating individuals and groups have been represented. This thesis will include detailed case studies of authors and texts informed by these issues.
This PhD forms part of the AHRC-funded seven-person research project ‘Narratives of the Second World War and the Occupation in France since 1939: Cultural Production and National Identity’, which is undertaking a comprehensive reappraisal of the place and function of narratives of the Occupation and World War Two in French cultural history. For further details, go to: