Catastrophe and Meaning: The Holocaust and the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

Catastrophe and Meaning: The Holocaust and the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

by Moishe Postone
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226676110

ISBN-13: 9780226676111

Pub. Date: 11/28/2003

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


How should we understand the relation of the Holocaust to the broader historical processes of the century just ended? How do we explain the bearing of the Holocaust on problems of representation, memory, memorialization, and historical practice? These are some of the questions explored by an esteemed group of scholars in Catastrophe and Meaning, the most

Overview


How should we understand the relation of the Holocaust to the broader historical processes of the century just ended? How do we explain the bearing of the Holocaust on problems of representation, memory, memorialization, and historical practice? These are some of the questions explored by an esteemed group of scholars in Catastrophe and Meaning, the most significant multiauthored book on the Holocaust in over a decade.

This collection features essays that consider the role of anti-Semitism in the recounting of the Holocaust; the place of the catastrophe in the narrative of twentieth-century history; the questions of agency and victimhood that the Holocaust inspires; the afterlife of trauma in literature written about the tragedy; and the gaps in remembrance and comprehension that normal historical works fail to notice.
Contributors:
Omer Bartov, Dan Diner, Debòrah Dwork, Saul Friedländer, Geoffrey Hartman, Dominick LaCapra, Paul Mendes-Flohr, Anson Rabinbach, Frank Trommler, Shulamit Volkov, Froma Zeitlin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226676111
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Catastrophe and Meaning1
Part 1History, Anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust
1Ideology and Extermination: The Immediate Origins of the "Final Solution"17
2Anti-Semitism as Explanation: For and Against34
Part 2The Holocaust and the Twentieth Century
3"The Abyss that opened up before us": Thinking about Auschwitz and Modernity51
4The Destruction of Narrativity: The Holocaust in Historical Discourse67
5The Holocaust and Trajectory of the Twentieth Century81
Part 3Annihilation, Victimhood, Identity
6"Fields of Glory": War, Genocide, and the Glorification of Violence117
7Stalingrad, Hiroshima, Auschwitz: The Fading of the Therapeutic Approach136
8Agents, Contexts, Responsibilities: The Massacre at Budy154
Part 4Trauma and the Limits of Representation
9New Soundings in Holocaust Literature: A Surplus of Memory173
10Holocaust Testimonics: Attending to the Victim's Voice209
11Holocaust and Hope232
12Lament's Hope250
Acknowledgments257
List of Contributors259
Index263

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