Thursday, July 13, 2023

Pg. 99: Lindsey Dodd's "Feeling Memory"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: Feeling Memory: Remembering Wartime Childhoods in France by Lindsey Dodd.

About the book, from the publisher:
What did it feel like to be a child in France during World War II? Feeling Memory is an affective exploration of children’s lives in wartime France and the ways they are remembered.

Lindsey Dodd draws on the recorded oral narratives of a hundred people to examine the variety of experiences children had during the war. She considers different aspects of remembering, underscoring the centrality of emotion to memory. This book covers a wide range of locations—the country and the city, Occupied France and the Free Zone—and situations—well-off and poor children, those separated from their families and those with them; it places Jewish children’s experiences alongside non-Jewish children’s. Against the backdrop of momentous events, readers encounter children playing, working, eating, thinking, doing, and feeling.

An investigation of the emotions of history, Feeling Memory argues for the transformative potential of affect theory and affective methodologies in oral history and the history of everyday life. This book makes major contributions to the history of France during World War II, understandings of children’s lives in war, and the use of memory in historical and oral history analysis.
Learn more about Feeling Memory at the Columbia University Press website.

The Page 99 Test: Feeling Memory.

--Marshal Zeringue