Writing Resistance and the Question of Gender

Charlotte Delbo, Noor Inayat Khan, and Germaine Tillion

Authors: Curtis, Lara

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  • Presents a comparative study of the lives and works of three women of the French resistance who played major roles during World War II.
  • Explores the ways in which literary texts and history interconnect with regard to women’s writings.
  • Contributes to various forms of scholarship, crossing several disciplines.
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This book presents the first comparative study of the works of Charlotte Delbo, Noor Inayat Khan, and Germaine Tillion in relation to their vigorous struggles against Nazi aggression during World War II and the Holocaust. It illuminates ways in which their early lives conditioned both their political engagements during wartime and their extraordinary literary creations empowered by what Lara R. Curtis refers to as modes of ‘writing resistance.’ With skillful recourse to a remarkable variety of genres, they offer compelling autobiographical reflections, vivid chronicles of wartime atrocities, eyewitness accounts of victims, and acute perspectives on the political implications of major events. Their sensitive reflections of gendered subjectivity authenticate the myriad voices and visions they capture. In sum, this book highlights the lives and works of three courageous women who were ceaselessly committed to a noble cause during the Holocaust and World War II.

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Lara R. Curtis is a founder of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies. She is currently a Five College Associate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

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“What makes this book particularly interesting is the detailed telling of the activities of three women in France during World War II who emerge from radically different backgrounds, professional interests, and social circles, and who consciously chose to engage in dangerous activities whose consequences they understood and eventually bore, in different ways. Curtis’s book promises to contribute not only to Holocaust studies, but also women’s studies and French studies.” (Sara Horowitz, Professor of Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada)

“As ground-breaking as it is masterfully executed, Lara Curtis’s Writing Resistance and the Question of Gender deftly brings to light the lives and works of three women, all exemplary figures in the French Resistance during World War II, two of whom (Delbo and Tillion) were interned in two of the deadliest concentration camps, Auschwitz and Ravensbrueck, exploring how these women “wrote resistance” during their time in the camps and how these works were shaped, in turn, by their experiences as women.  While none of these three women were Jewish, their portrayals of fellow-internees and members of the resistance who were Jews add a completely new and until now under-studied dimension to Holocaust literature.  Curtis’s work on Noor Inayat Khan, in particular, is absolutely original and will be regarded as a crucially significant contribution to Francophone resistance literature.” (James E. Young, author of Writing and Rewriting the Holocaust, The Texture of Memory, and The Stages of Memory)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Writing Resistance and the Question of Gender
Book Subtitle
Charlotte Delbo, Noor Inayat Khan, and Germaine Tillion
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-31242-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-31242-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-31241-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-31244-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 159
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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