The Past in the Present:
Memory and Commemoration in France Today (slides)
Pierre Nora, "Between Memory and History"--this is the introduction to the eight volume series he edited, Les Lieux de memoire [Sites of Memory]; it is available as a separate essay in Representations (spring 1989), 7-25. [JSTOR] See, too, the review by Jay Winter.
Laura Lee Downs and Stéphane Gerson, eds., Why France? (2007).
Peter Fritzsche, "The Case of Modern Memory," [review article], Journal of Modern History, 73:1 (2001). [JSTOR]
Robert Gildea, The Past in French History (1994).
Richard Golsan, The Papon Affair: Memory and Justice on Trial (2000).
Maurice Halbwachs, On Collective Memory (1925; 1992).
Eric Hobsbawm & Terence Ranger, eds., The Invention of Tradition (1982).
Patrick Hutton, History as an Art of Memory (1993).
Alice Kaplan, French Lessons: A Memoir (1993).
Jacques Revel and Lynn Hunt, eds., Histories: French Constructions of the Past (1995).
Henry Rousso, The Haunting Past: History, Memory, and Justice in Contemporary France (2001).
Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995).