The Holocaust and the Postmodern

The Holocaust and the Postmodern

by Robert Eaglestone
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199265933

ISBN-13: 9780199265930

Pub. Date: 03/10/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

"The Holocaust and the Postmodern argues that postmodernism, especially understood in the light of the work of Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida, is a response to the Holocaust. This way of thinking offers new perspectives on Holocaust testimony, literature, historiography, and post-Holocaust philosophy. While postmodernism is often derided for being either playful…  See more details below

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"The Holocaust and the Postmodern argues that postmodernism, especially understood in the light of the work of Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida, is a response to the Holocaust. This way of thinking offers new perspectives on Holocaust testimony, literature, historiography, and post-Holocaust philosophy. While postmodernism is often derided for being either playful and superficial or obscure and elitist, this book demonstrates its commitment to facing the past and to ethics." Weaving together theory and practice, testimony, literature, history, and philosophy, this interdisciplinary book is the first to explore in detail the significance of the Holocaust for postmodernism, and the significance of postmodernism for understanding the Holocaust.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199265930
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/10/2005
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1'Not read and consumed in the same way as other books' : identification and the genre of testimony15
2Traces of experience : the texts of testimony42
3'Faithful and doubtful, near and far' : memory, postmemory, and identity72
4Holocaust reading : memory and identification in Holocaust fiction, 1990-2003101
5Against historicism : history, memory, and truth137
6'Are footnotes less barbaric?' : history, memory, and the truth of the Holocaust in the work of Saul Friedlander173
7'What constitutes a historical explanation?' : metahistory and the limits of historical explanation in the Goldhagen/Browning controversy194
8The metahistory of denial : the Irving/Lipstadt libel case and Holocaust denial224
9Inexhaustible meaning, inextinguishable voices : Levinas and the Holocaust249
10Cinders of philosophy, philosophy of cinders : Derrida and the trace of the Holocaust279
11The limits of understanding : perpetrator philosophy and philosophical histories300
12The postmodern, the Holocaust, and the limits of the human317

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