Sarah Bennett Farmer

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Professor, History
School of Humanities
Ph.D., UC Berkeley, 1992, History
B.A., Yale University, 1980, History
Phone: History Department: (949) 824-6521
University of California, Irvine
233 Krieger Hall
Mail Code: 3275
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Modern French history, twentieth-century Europe, social and cultural history.
Research Abstract
My first book, Martyred Village: Commemorating the Massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane, 1944 (University of California Press, 1998; Calmann-Levy, 1994: Perrin, 2004 and 2007) identified the preservation of sites of wartime trauma, and their configuration as landscapes of loss, as a defining element of European postwar culture. My new book, Rural Inventions: The French Countryside after 1945 (Oxford University Press, 2020) takes up landscape in a different way to explore the ways in which affective attachment to a rural past and landscapes define modern life long after deruralization takes place. I study the effect on postwar French society of the demise of rural worlds long considered the bedrock of the nation and civic life. I provide implications that go beyond the French case for understanding how societies make sense of their traditions in light of dynamics of change particular to the twentieth century.
Rural Inventions: The French Countryside after 1945 (Oxford University Press, 2020).

Martyred Village: Commemorating the 1944 Massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999).

Oradour: Arrêt sur mémoire (Paris: Éditions Calmann Lévy, 1994); second edition (Paris: Éditions Perrin, 2004).

Oradour 10 juin 1944: Arrêt sur mémoire, Collection Tempus (Paris: Éditions Perrin, 2007).

Sarah Farmer and Serge Tisseron, Parlez-moi d’Oradour (Paris: Éditions Perrin et le Centre de la Mémoire d’Oradour-sur-Glane, 2004).
Film Collaboration

Oradour: Part 1, Les Voix de la douleur; Part 2, Aujourd'hui, la mémoire. DVD. Directed by Michel Follin; written by Marc Wilmart. 1989. Paris: INA, 2010. (Historical advisor, appeared on camera, provided commentary).
"The Other House: The Secondary Residence in Postwar France," French Politics, Culture & Society, Spring 2016 (Vol. 33, No. 1)
"Les mémoires paysans et la transformation de la France rurale d'après-guerre" In Une Protection de la nature à la française (XIXe-XXe siècles), edited by Charles-François Mathis and Jean-François Mouhot (Paris: Champ Vallon, 2012): 292-297.

"Memoirs of French peasant life: progress and nostalgia in postwar France," French History 25, no. 3 (2011): 362-379.

“Going Visual: Holocaust Representation and Historical Method,” American Historical Review 115, no. 1 (2010): 115-122.

“Foreign Labor in Vichy, France: The Groupements de Travailleurs Etrangers” In Forced Labor and Slave Labor in Nazi-Dominated Europe: Symposuim Presentations (Washington DC: Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2004).

"Not in the Picture: Foreign Labor in Wartime France" In France at War: Vichy and the Historians, edited by Sarah Fishman, Leonard Smith et al. (Oxford: Berg, 2000).

"Postwar Justice in France: Bordeaux, 1953," In The Politics of Retribution in Europe: World War II and Its Aftermath, edited by Istvan Deak and Jan T. Gross and Tony Judt (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000).
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