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Voicing the Void: Muteness and Memory in Holocaust Fiction

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Overview

Explores the connections between muteness and the complicated acts of survival, testimony, memory, and interpretation, through focused readings of Holocaust fiction by Kosinski, Wiesel, Tournier, Ida Fink, and others.
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This book argues that the central issues in Holocaust historiography and literary criticism are not simply prompted by the fictionality of imaginative literature—they are already embedded as self-critique in the fictional narratives. While the current critical discourse argues either for or against the unrepresentability of these events (and thus the appropriateness of imaginative literature), this book develops the theme of muteness as the central way in which literary texts explore and provisionally resolve these central issues. Focusing on the problem of muteness helps unfold the ambivalences and ambiguities that shape the way we read Holocaust fiction, and the way we think about the Holocaust itself.
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Examines works of fiction depicting the Holocaust, focusing on how the trope of muteness is used to raise and explore connections and disjunctures among fictional constructs, textual omissions, and historical events. Considers the figure of muteness, voices from the killing ground, the mute language of brutality, the reluctance witness, refused memory, the chain of testimony, and other dimensions. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Meet the Author

Sara Horowitz is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Director of the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Delaware.

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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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