Women and the Holocaust: Narrative and Representation

Women and the Holocaust: Narrative and Representation

by Esther Fuchs
     
 

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Women and the Holocaust brings together essays by leading scholars in the field of Shoah Studies that derive from disciplines such as literary criticism, religious studies, history, sociology, and film studies while focusing on the unique experiences of women in the Holocaust. These scholars analyze how these experiences are represented in cultural media, how these…  See more details below

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Women and the Holocaust brings together essays by leading scholars in the field of Shoah Studies that derive from disciplines such as literary criticism, religious studies, history, sociology, and film studies while focusing on the unique experiences of women in the Holocaust. These scholars analyze how these experiences are represented in cultural media, how these experiences are remembered, and how they differ from men's experiences. This collection seeks to redress the marginalization of women in the recounting of the devastation of European Jewry. It addresses the situation of women suffering for their Jewishness, and the memorialization of this suffering in which they found expression. The contributors search for the unique aspects of this expression by analyzing women's portrayals and texts, and by evaluating the unique voice of women as witnesses to the Holocaust.

Author Biography: Esther Fuchs is Associate Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona.

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Booknews
An anthology of essays, poetry, and memoirs, presented to counteract the dearth of studies testifying to women's unique experience in the Holocaust. Central to the material is the question of men's representation of women in Holocaust literature and film. Specific topics include a questioning of the Catholic church's motives in sanctifying Edith Stein as a martyr, an analysis of the Nazis' targeting of Jewish mothers, and an examination of various films' representations of women's heroic resistance fighters. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
University Of Maryland In Europe - Tobe Levin
Like all good books on the Shoah, Fuchs' is a call to vigilance—for people of all genders
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal Of Jewish Studies, Summer 2002 Vol. 20, No.4 - Lynn Rapaport
The edited volume adds to this small but growing literature that gives voice to women's experiences. It shows a variety of way in which scholars can highlight women's experiences by using gender as an analytical category in understanding how the Holocaust victimized women and men differently

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ISBN-13:
9780761813446
Publisher:
University Press of America
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Series:
Studies in the Shoah Series
Edition description:
Volume XXII
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
5.94(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.36(d)

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Esther Fuchs is Associate Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona.

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