Title

Marcel Ayme’s Wartime Journalism

Presenter Information

Rachel Miller

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Major

Computer Engineering

Research Advisor

Merfeld-Langston, Audra L.

Advisor's Department

Arts, Languages, and Philosophy

Abstract

World War II created an abundance of chaos in France for many people. The German Occupation meant rationing, sacrifices, and censorship. It was a particularly trying time for writers who relied on their publications for salary, because everything in France had to pass through German censorship. Like some other writers, Marcel Aymé chose to contribute to collaborationist newspapers for money to provide for his household. Although none of Aymé’s articles indicate pro-German or anti-Semitism attitudes, Aymé was harshly criticised after the war for having published in collaborationist journals. Marcel Aymé used varying tactics in his wartime publications, including fantasy, fiction, sarcasm, and satire to challenge the French mindsets during the Occupation and as a call to action against their destructive habits, herd mentality, and hypocrisy.

Biography

Rachel Miller is a senior in Computer Engineering and graduates in December of 2015. She anticipates completing both a Mathematics and French minor. Her interests in the French Language led her to pursue French Research and she is the current President of French Club.

Research Category

Arts and Humanities

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Award

Arts and humanities poster session: Second place

Location

Upper Atrium/Hall

Presentation Date

15 Apr 2015, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Marcel Ayme’s Wartime Journalism

Upper Atrium/Hall

World War II created an abundance of chaos in France for many people. The German Occupation meant rationing, sacrifices, and censorship. It was a particularly trying time for writers who relied on their publications for salary, because everything in France had to pass through German censorship. Like some other writers, Marcel Aymé chose to contribute to collaborationist newspapers for money to provide for his household. Although none of Aymé’s articles indicate pro-German or anti-Semitism attitudes, Aymé was harshly criticised after the war for having published in collaborationist journals. Marcel Aymé used varying tactics in his wartime publications, including fantasy, fiction, sarcasm, and satire to challenge the French mindsets during the Occupation and as a call to action against their destructive habits, herd mentality, and hypocrisy.