Voicing the Void: Muteness and Memory in Holocaust Fiction / Edition 1

Voicing the Void: Muteness and Memory in Holocaust Fiction / Edition 1

by Sara R. Horowitz
     
 

Through new close readings of Holocaust fiction, this book takes the field of Holocaust Studies in an important new direction. Reading a wide range of narratives representing different nationalities, styles, genders, and approaches, Horowitz demonstrates that muteness not only expresses the difficulty in saying anything meaningful about the Holocaust—it also… See more details below

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Through new close readings of Holocaust fiction, this book takes the field of Holocaust Studies in an important new direction. Reading a wide range of narratives representing different nationalities, styles, genders, and approaches, Horowitz demonstrates that muteness not only expresses the difficulty in saying anything meaningful about the Holocaust—it also represents something essential about the nature of the event itself. The radical negativity of the Holocaust ruptures the fabric of history and memory, emptying both narrative and life of meaning. At the heart of Holocaust fiction lies a tension between the silence that speaks the rupture, and the narrative forms that attempt to represent, to bridge it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791431306
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Series:
SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1 Introduction: The Idea of Fiction

2 The Figure of Muteness

3 Voices from the Killing Ground

4 The Mute Language of Brutality

5 The Reluctant Witness

6 Muted Chords: From Victim to Survivor

7 The Night Side of Speech

8 Refused Memory

9 The Chain of Testimony

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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