Memory and Mastery: Primo Levi as Writer and Witness

Memory and Mastery: Primo Levi as Writer and Witness

by Roberta S. Kremer
     
 

ISBN-10: 079144922X

ISBN-13: 9780791449226

Pub. Date: 04/28/2001

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Interdisciplinary explorations into the work of one of the premier writer-survivors of the Holocaust.

This book carefully examines the work of Primo Levi, one of the premier survivor-writers of the Holocaust and one of the outstanding Italian writers of the twentieth century. Artists, writers, and educators have all turned to Levi’s writing as a source

Overview

Interdisciplinary explorations into the work of one of the premier writer-survivors of the Holocaust.

This book carefully examines the work of Primo Levi, one of the premier survivor-writers of the Holocaust and one of the outstanding Italian writers of the twentieth century. Artists, writers, and educators have all turned to Levi’s writing as a source of inspiration and wisdom in coping with the tragedy of the Holocaust. Until recently, however, there have been few book-length works in English on Levi. This collection of essays from an international group of writers aims to bring greater critical attention to Levi’s work by exploring all aspects of his oeuvre, including his science-fiction writings and his poetry, as well as his fictional and nonfictional writings about the Holocaust. Interdisciplinary in nature, this collection includes literary, psychoanalytic, linguistic, and historical approaches to Levi’s work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791449226
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Series:
SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
267
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I: Levi as Writer, Levi as Witness

1. The Haunted Journey of Primo Levi
Gian Paolo Biasin

2. Primo Levi and His Concept of Time: Time of the Gun, Time of the Spirit
Yaffa Eliach

3. The Rhetoric of the Univers Concentrationaire
Risa Sodi

Part II: Levi and Science

4. Primo Levi's Science as 'Evil Nurse': The Lesson of Inversion
Nancy Harrowitz

5. Moral Snares and Parables: Between Science Fiction and Midrash
Mirna Cicioni

Part III: Levi's Poetry

6. At an Uncertain Hour: The Other Side of Primo Levi
Nicholas Patruno

Part IV: Levi and Language

7. On Language and Violence
Brian Cliff

8. On Language and Personhood: A Linguistic Odyssey
Patricia Sayre and Linnea Vacca

Part V: Levi's Legacy

9. Bridging the Narrative and Visual: Primo Levi as a Source of Inspiration for Contemporary Artists
Stephen C. Feinstein

10. The Duty and Risk of Testimony: Primo Levi as Keeper of Memory
Franca Molino Signorini

11. Legacy in Gray
Lawrence L. Langer

Bibliography of Selected Works by and About Primo Levi

Contributors

Index

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