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On Mother's Day, 31 May 1942, a group of women stormed a small grocery store at the intersection of two Parisian market streets, the rue de Buci and the rue de Seine, to protest the food shortages that had become a chronic feature of daily life. In Today Sardines are Not for Sale, Paula Schwartz revisits this incident, placing it into a broader context of resistance to Vichy, but also more generally into questions of politics, gender and memory. A microhistory focussing on a unique range of archives including many oral testimonies, we are delighted that Schwartz is launching her book in our seminar in a discussion with esteemed scholars of the Vichy France period.

Paula Schwartz is Lois B. Watson Professor of French and Francophone Studies at  Middlebury College. Her teaching and research interests include twentieth-century France, French civilization and history, World War Two, the French Resistance, gender studies, and food and culture studies. Aside from her seminal article "Partisanes and Gender Politics in Vichy France," French Historical Studies 16:1, Spring 1989 Schwartz has published widely, including " 'On vit mal': Food Shortages and Popular Culture in Occupied France, 1940-44," Food, Culture & Society 10:2, summer 2007: 262-295 (with Kenneth Mouré, coauthor) and "Occuper les occupants: Maedelarbeit ou le 'travail de jeunes filles'," in Amours, guerres et sexualité, 1914-1945, Musée de la Bibliothèque de Documentation Internationale Contemporaine-Musée de l'Armée (Gallimard, 2007).


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