Auschwitz and After: Race, Culture and

Auschwitz and After: Race, Culture and "the Jewish Question" in France / Edition 1

by Lawrence D. Kritzman
     
 

Beginning with Marcel Ophus's documentary The Sorrow and the Pity (1970) there has been an attempt to question the idea of a totally unified, courageous and resistant wartime France. Even more startling have been the increasingly shocking revelations that the politics of collaboration were a mere extension of a deep-seated French anti-semitic

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Beginning with Marcel Ophus's documentary The Sorrow and the Pity (1970) there has been an attempt to question the idea of a totally unified, courageous and resistant wartime France. Even more startling have been the increasingly shocking revelations that the politics of collaboration were a mere extension of a deep-seated French anti-semitic tradition. In the shadow of these developments French writers and philosophers today are reflecting on the meaning of Jewish identity in the contemporary world.

Auschwitz and After analyses for the first time how the memory of Auschwitz and the collaboration continue to haunt the French. These critical evaluations are accompianed by provocative essays on the "jewish Question" and the politics of race as they have been studied by writers, historians, philosophers and film makers in postwar France.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415904414
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
346
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: In the Shadows of Auschwitz: Culture, Memories, and Self-Reflection1
1The Voice of Vichy15
2The Holocaust's Challenge to History25
3Cendres juives: Jews Writing in French "after Auschwitz"35
4War Memories: On Autobiographical Reading47
5Anti-Semitism in France, 1978-1992: Questions and Debates63
6From the Novelistic to Memory83
7Critical Reflections: Self-Portraiture and the Representation of Jewish Identity in French98
8Jewish Identity in Raymond Aron, Emmanuel Berl, and Claude Levi-Strauss119
9Blanchot, Violence, and the Disaster133
10Discussions, or Phrasing "after Auschwitz"149
11Difficult Freedom180
12Beyond Psychoanalysis: Elie Wiesel's Night in Historical Perspective203
13On the Holocaust Comedies of "Emile Ajar"219
14Georges Perec and the Broken Book235
15Exiled from the Shoah: Andre and Simone Schwarz-Bart's Un plat de porc aux bananes vertes250
16The Writing of Catastrophe: Jewish Memory and the Poetics of the Book in Edmond Jabes264
17La vie en rose: Images of the Occupation in French Cinema283
18The Languages of Pain in Shoah299
19Duras's Aurelia Steiner, or Beyond Essence313
Contributors333

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