The Holocaust and the Text: Speaking the Unspeakable

The Holocaust and the Text: Speaking the Unspeakable

by Andrew N. Leak
     
 
Whether through its frequent presence in the news, or in history books, documentaries, and fiction, the Holocaust is an event that refuses to go away. It is both a point of reference in the past and a point of moral interdiction and imperative in the present. Yet how is the modern reader to imagine the unimaginable and relate it to the present? The essays in this book

Overview

Whether through its frequent presence in the news, or in history books, documentaries, and fiction, the Holocaust is an event that refuses to go away. It is both a point of reference in the past and a point of moral interdiction and imperative in the present. Yet how is the modern reader to imagine the unimaginable and relate it to the present? The essays in this book examine the problems that underlie the representation in literature of these poignant and horrific events.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Essays in this volume take as their starting point the strivings of imaginative writing to surmount the problem of representing and interpreting the Holocaust and seek ways to connect past experience to the present and future. An underlying message is that literature might have a unique role to play in helping us learn the lessons of history and avoid repeating its tragic mistakes. Subjects include postwar fiction and the Shoah, and the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of children. The editors are lecturers in French at University College of London. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312228668
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.77(h) x 0.77(d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Leak and George Paizis are both Lecturers in the Department of French at the University College, London.

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