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The Holocaust: Theoretical Readings

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The first anthology to address the relationship between the events of the Nazi genocide and the intellectual concerns of contemporary literary and cultural theory in one substantial and indispensable volume.

This agenda-setting reader brings together both classic and new writings to demonstrate how concerns arising from the Nazi genocide ...

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Overview


The first anthology to address the relationship between the events of the Nazi genocide and the intellectual concerns of contemporary literary and cultural theory in one substantial and indispensable volume.

This agenda-setting reader brings together both classic and new writings to demonstrate how concerns arising from the Nazi genocide shaped contemporary literary and cultural theory. Wide in its thematic scope, it covers such vital questions as:
- Authenticity and experience
- Memory and trauma
- Historiography and the philosophy of history
- Fascism and Nazi anti-Semitism
- Representation and identity formation
- Race, gender, and genocide
- Implications of the Holocaust for theories of the unconscious, ethics, politics, and aesthetics

The readings, which are fully contextualized by a general introduction, section introductions, and bibliographical notes, represent the work of many influential writers and theorists, including Theodor Adorno, Giorgio Agamben, Hannah Arendt, Jean Baudrillard, Zygmunt Bauman, Walter Benjamin, Cathy Caruth, Jacques Derrida, Shoshana Felman, Saul Friedlander, Paul Gilroy, Lawrence Langer, Emmanuel Levinas, Primo Levi, Jean-Fran├žois Lyotard, Hayden White, and James E. Young. This multidisciplinary anthology will be welcomed by students and scholars of the Holocaust.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813533537
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Publisher's Acknowledgements
About this book
General Introduction 1
1 The Drowned and the Saved 29
2 'Resentments' 36
3 Days and Memory 45
4 'The Camps' 50
5 'On the Public Use of History' 63
6 'The "Final Solution": On the Unease in Historical Interpretation' 69
7 'Historical Understanding and Counterrationality: The Judenrat as Epistemological Vantage' 75
8 'The Uniqueness and Normality of the Holocaust' 82
9 'The European Imagination in the Age of Total War' 89
10 The Origins of the Nazi Genocide 96
11 'The Rhetoric of Hitler's "Battle"' 107
12 'The Psychological Structure of Fascism' 113
13 'Elements of Anti-Semitism' 121
14 'The Fiction of the Poltical' 127
15 'Anti-Semitism and National Socialism' 132
16 'Ordinary Men' 140
17 'Floods, Bodies, History' 147
18 'Racism and Sexism in Nazi Germany' 151
19 'The Unethical and the Unspeakable: Women and the Holocaust' 160
20 'Women and the Holocaust: Analyzing Gender Difference' 169
21 'Trauma and Experience' 192
22 'Trauma, Absence, Loss' 199
23 'Trauma and Transference' 206
24 'History Beyond the Pleasure Principle: Some Thoughts on the Representation of Trauma' 214
25 'Bearing Witness or the Vicissitudes of Listening' 221
26 'Thinking the Tremendum' 229
27 'To Mend the World' 237
28 'Ethics and Spirit' 241
29 Eichmann in Jerusalem 246
30 'What is a Camp?' 252
31 The Differend 257
32 'New Political Theology - Out of Holocaust and Liberation' 263
33 'Theses on the Philosophy of History' 277
34 'Cultural Criticism and Society' 280
35 'Meditations on Metaphysics' 282
36 'Writing and the Holocaust' 288
37 'Non-Philosophical Amazement - Writing in Amazement: Benjamin's Position in the Aftermath of the Holocaust' 291
38 The Writing of the Disaster 299
39 'Shibboleth' 306
40 'Language and Culture after the Holocaust' 313
41 'Representing Auschwitz' 318
42 'The Moral Space of Figurative Discourse' 329
43 'Writing the Holocaust' 335
44 'The Modernist Event' 339
45 'Against Foreshadowing' 346
46 'Deep Memory: The Buried Self' 354
47 'The Return of the Voice: Claude Lanzmann's Shoah' 360
48 Reflections of Nazism 375
49 'Holocaust' 380
50 'Anselm Kiefer: the Terror of History, the Temptation of Myth' 383
51 'The Aesthetic Transformation of the Image of the Unimaginable: Notes on Claude Lanzmann's Shoah' 389
52 'In Plain Sight' 396
53 'Memory Shot Through with Holes' 410
54 'Mourning and Postmemory' 416
55 'Negative Symbiosis: Germans and Jews after Auschwitz' 423
56 'The Countermonument: Memory Against Itself in Germany' 431
57 'Two Kinds of Uniqueness: The Universal Aspects of the Holocaust' 444
58 'What Was the Holocaust?' 451
59 The Black Atlantic 455
60 'Thinking about Genocide' 461
61 'Dare to Compare: Americanizing the Holocaust' 468
62 The Holocaust in American Life 474
Index 481
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