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Charles A. Nunley
President and Fellows of Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT 05753-6004)
Robert Desnos and the Question of Wartime Dissent, 1940-1944

Robert Desnos, widely known today for having written some of France's most important Resistance poems under the German Occupation (1940-44), also published a large number of texts under his own name in the German-censored press. My study of these long-neglected works will show the boundary between the clandestine and non-clandestine sphere to be far less stark than typically drawn. Through close readings exploring Desnos's manipulation of the discourses of mediation and power, such a study examines the richly suggestive ways in which Desnos sought to pursue his oppositional project even within the heavily-censored public sphere.

Project fields:
French Literature

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2005 – 10/31/2005