Traumatic Encounters: Holocaust Representation and the Hegelian Subject

Traumatic Encounters: Holocaust Representation and the Hegelian Subject

by Paul Eisenstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791458008

ISBN-13: 9780791458006

Pub. Date: 08/28/2003

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Addresses the difficulty of representing the Holocaust in literature and on film.

Traumatic Encounters argues for an alternative memorial path in Holocaust and cultural studies—one that shows the vital necessity of thinking in a universal way about an event like the Holocaust. Relying on Hegel’s notion that the particular is already universal,

Overview

Addresses the difficulty of representing the Holocaust in literature and on film.

Traumatic Encounters argues for an alternative memorial path in Holocaust and cultural studies—one that shows the vital necessity of thinking in a universal way about an event like the Holocaust. Relying on Hegel’s notion that the particular is already universal, Eisenstein shows how the encounter with trauma transpires not in the refusal of a universalizing gesture but rather in its wholesale embrace. This embrace results in a recognition involving the trauma that conditions the possibility of history in the first place—a structural trauma immune to historicization that Hegel and psychoanalysis place at the heart of subjectivity and community. This encounter with structural trauma is at the center of four titles that Eisenstein examines: Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, D. M. Thomas’s The White Hotel, Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus, and David Grossman’s See Under: Love

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791458006
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
4.84(w) x 9.94(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Holocaust Memory and Hegel

2. Obsession and the Meaning of Jewish Rescue: Oskar Schindler as Spirit

3. Hysteria as Deferral: The White Hotel and the Idea of Death

4. Leverkuhn as Witness: The Holocaust in Thomas Mann's Doctor Faustus

5. History as/and Paranoia: David Grossman's See Under: Love

Conclusion

Notes

Index

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