Holocaust Representation: Art within the Limits of History and Ethics

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Berel Lang addresses the relations between ethics and art in the context of contemporary discussions of the Holocaust. Are certain aesthetic means or genres "out of bounds" for the Holocaust? To what extent should artists be constrained by the "actuality" of history - and is the Holocaust unique in raising these problems of representation?
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Overview

Berel Lang addresses the relations between ethics and art in the context of contemporary discussions of the Holocaust. Are certain aesthetic means or genres "out of bounds" for the Holocaust? To what extent should artists be constrained by the "actuality" of history - and is the Holocaust unique in raising these problems of representation?
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Holocaust Representation tackles the thorny subject of ethics and art as they bear on works commemorating or referring to the Holocaust.

— James Malpas

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Lang (humanities, Trinity College) addresses the relation between ethics and art in the context of contemporary discussions of the Holocaust. He asks questions such as whether certain aesthetic means or genres are out of bounds for the Holocaust, to what extent artists should be constrained by the facts of history, and whether the Holocaust is unique in raising such problems of representation. He argues that when art's subject has the moral weight of an event like the Holocaust, the relationship between artist and content is critical and must face the test of whether its referent would not be more authentically expressed by silence. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Art Newspaper - James Malpas

Holocaust Representation tackles the thorny subject of ethics and art as they bear on works commemorating or referring to the Holocaust.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801864155
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Berel Lang is a professor of humanities at Trinity College. His many books include Writing and the Moral Self, Mind's Bodies: Thought in the Act, Heidegger's Silence, and Act and Idea in the Nazi Genocide.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Art within the Limits 1
I Image and Fact: The Problem of Holocaust Representation
1 Writing the Holocaust: Toward the Condition of History 17
2 Holocaust Texts and the Blurred Genres 35
3 The Limits of Representation and the Representation of Limits 51
4 The Facts of Fiction: Three Case Studies in Holocaust Writing 72
5 The Importance of Holocaust Misrepresentation 83
II Eye and Mind: Reflecting the Holocaust
6 The Arts of History 95
7 Translating the Holocaust: For Whom Does One Write? 125
8 The Post-Holocaust vs. the Postmodern: Evil Inside and Outside History 140
9 Art Worship and Its Images 158
Index 169
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