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The Art of Survival

France and the Great War Picaresque

Libby Murphy

Libby Murphy argues that writers and artists during the First World War reactivated and re-imagined the picaresque hero of classic Spanish fiction, an exemplar of resourcefulness and self-preservation, as a counter to the culture of heroism. Among the literary works, cartoons and films discussed are the journalism of Georges de la Fouchardière, Le Feu by Henri Barbusse, and Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp.
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  • Publisher: Yale UP
  • Year: 2016
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 302pp
  • Illustrated: Yes
  • Dimensions: 232x155mm
  • ISBN: 9780300217513
  • Condition: New
  • Weight: 0.6kg
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