Traumatic Realism: The Demands of Holocaust Representation / Edition 1

Traumatic Realism: The Demands of Holocaust Representation / Edition 1

by Michael Rothberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816634599

ISBN-13: 9780816634590

Pub. Date: 08/28/2000

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Analyzes the impact of historical trauma on contemporary culture.

How to approach the Holocaust and its relationship to late twentieth-century society? While some stress the impossibility of comprehending this event, others attempt representations in forms as different as the nonfiction novel (and Hollywood blockbuster) Schindler's List, the documentary Shoah,

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Analyzes the impact of historical trauma on contemporary culture.

How to approach the Holocaust and its relationship to late twentieth-century society? While some stress the impossibility of comprehending this event, others attempt representations in forms as different as the nonfiction novel (and Hollywood blockbuster) Schindler's List, the documentary Shoah, and the comic book Maus. This problem is at the center of Michael Rothberg's book, a focused account of the psychic, intellectual, and cultural aftermath of the Holocaust.

Drawing on a wide range of texts, Michael Rothberg puts forth an overarching framework for understanding representations of the Holocaust. Through close readings of such writers and thinkers as Theodor Adorno, Maurice Blanchot, Ruth Klüger, Charlotte Delbo, Art Spiegelman, and Philip Roth and an examination of films by Steven Spielberg and Claude Lanzmann, Rothberg demonstrates how the Holocaust as a traumatic event makes three fundamental demands on representation: a demand for documentation, a demand for reflection on the limits of representation, and a demand for engagement with the public sphere and commodity culture. As it establishes new grounding for Holocaust studies, his book provides a new understanding of realism, modernism, and postmodernism as responses to the demands of history.

Michael Rothberg is assistant professor of English at the University of Miami.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816634590
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Edition description:
1
Pages:
323
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Demands of Holocaust Representation1
Pt. IModernism "After Auschwitz"17
1After Adorno: Culture in the Wake of Catastrophe25
2Before Auschwitz: Maurice Blanchot, From Now On59
Pt. IIRealism in "The Concentrationary Universe"97
3"The Barbed Wire of the Postwar World": Ruth Kluger's Traumatic Realism107
4Unbearable Witness: Charlotte Delbo's Traumatic Timescapes141
Pt. IIIPostmodernism, or "The Year of the Holocaust"179
5Reading Jewish: Philip Roth, Art Spiegelman, and Holocaust Postmemory187
6"Touch an Event to Begin": Americanizing the Holocaust221
Conclusion. After the "Final Solution": From the "Jewish Question" to Jewish Questioning265
Notes275
Bibliography299
Index315

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