Memory Effects: The Holocaust and the Art of Secondary Witnessing

Overview

Dora Apel analyzes the ways in which artists born after the Holocaust-whom she calls secondary witnesses-represent a history they did not experience first hand. She demonstrates that contemporary artists confront these atrocities in order to bear witness not to the Holocaust directly, but to its "memory effects" and to the implications of those effects for the present and future.

Drawing on projects that employ a variety of unorthodox artistic strategies, the author provides a ...

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Overview

Dora Apel analyzes the ways in which artists born after the Holocaust-whom she calls secondary witnesses-represent a history they did not experience first hand. She demonstrates that contemporary artists confront these atrocities in order to bear witness not to the Holocaust directly, but to its "memory effects" and to the implications of those effects for the present and future.

Drawing on projects that employ a variety of unorthodox artistic strategies, the author provides a unique understanding of contemporary representations of the Holocaust. She demonstrates how these artists frame the past within the conditions of the present, the subversive use of documentary and the archive, the effects of the Jewish genocide on issues of difference and identity, and the use of representation as a form of resistance to historical closure.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813530482
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Artist as Secondary Witness 3
Ch. 1 A Short History of Holocaust Reception 9
Ch. 2 Picturing the Vanished/Transgressing the Present 43
Ch. 3 The Reinvention of Memory 72
Ch. 4 Appropriating the Testimonial Form 92
Ch. 5 Landscape and the Search for Memory 108
Ch. 6 Fetishized Nazism and Erotic Fantasy 154
Ch. 7 The Tattooed Jew 163
Conclusion 187
Epilogue: Personal Notes on Surviving the Past 193
Notes 203
References 225
Index 235
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