Christianity, Tragedy, And Holocaust Literature

Christianity, Tragedy, And Holocaust Literature

by Michael Steele
     
 

Identifying elements of the Christian worldview that have influenced our theories of tragedy, Steele demonstrates how these theories fail when applied to Holocaust literature. The challenge of interpreting Holocaust literature is highlighted by a close investigation of the extent to which Christian thought, especially the view of transcendence, has permeated

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Overview

Identifying elements of the Christian worldview that have influenced our theories of tragedy, Steele demonstrates how these theories fail when applied to Holocaust literature. The challenge of interpreting Holocaust literature is highlighted by a close investigation of the extent to which Christian thought, especially the view of transcendence, has permeated theories of interpretation. The author appeals for a new theory of tragedy which would allow an understanding of Holocaust literature without Christian interpretive biases. This book will be of interest to scholars of Holocaust literature, religion, and literary criticism.

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Jewish Book World
Interpretation of Holocaust literature within the context of traditional Western (Christian and Greek) motifs of tragedy and the tragic hero. Not surprisingly, the author discovers that this literary model does not, in fact, apply to Holocaust literature. Chapter Eight, which reviews the thorny issue of Christian responsibility for the murder of European Jews is, however, a sensitive effort to explain the Holocaust.
Booknews
Steele (English, Pacific U.) explores how reflections on the Holocaust by leading writers such as Jean Amery, Charlotte Delbo, and Elie Wiesel require us to revise understandings of the tragedy that have been formed largely by Christian categories, and reconsiders Christian themes such as innocence, suffering, and redemption after Auschwitz. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313295126
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/24/1995
Series:
Contributions to the Study of Religion: Christianity and the Holocaust--Core Issues Series, #41
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1530L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL R. STEELE is Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Pacific University in Oregon./e He is president of the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center and chair of the Peace and Conflict Studies program at Pacific University. He is the author of Knute Rockne: A Bio-Bibliography (Greenwood, 1983).

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