This book explores portrayals of Anne Frank in American literature and culture, where she is often invoked as a means of encouraging readers to think widely about persecution, genocide, and victimisation due to gender, sexuality, and race. The author examines how artistic representations of Anne Frank over the past fifty years reflect changing American responses to the Holocaust. Using Anne Frank in literary works provides a means of addressing the need to tell certain stories ‘in new ways’. This book negotiates difficult questions such as: Exactly what stories is Anne Frank used to tell, in American culture? What does this suggest about the ways the Holocaust is represented in America, and the ethical/didactic aims and impact of literature about Anne Frank and the Holocaust? Is a ‘universalist’ construction of Anne Frank necessarily an ‘Americanised’ one? In addition to analysing American responses to the Holocaust, the author examines texts which invoke Anne Frank for the purposes of exploring what it means to be Jewish; a woman; a teenager; a writer. She considers the pedagogical intent of these texts, together with the often problematic ethics involved. This book examines theoretical issues in the fields of Holocaust studies, with a particular focus on representation, the transnational, and the interdisciplinary. As such, it will be of great interest to researchers and students of Anne Frank, the Holocaust in American fiction and culture, gender studies, life writing, and ethics.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Series:||Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Rachael McLennan is Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Culture at the University of East Anglia, UK.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Telling Stories in New Ways? Anne Frank in American Literature
Chapter 1: Prosthetic Fictions: Philip Roth’s Anne Franks
Chapter 2: The Banality of Anne Frank: Open Secrets in Norma Rosen's Touching Evil (1969) and Joyce Carol Oates's Mother, Missing (2005)
Chapter 3: 'Cheating History': Anne Frank and the Photograph in Anne Tyler's Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1982) and Elinor Lipman's The Inn at Lake Devine (1998)
Chapter 4: Skewed Views: What Anne Frank Teaches in Stephanie S. Tolan's The Liberation of Tansy Warner (1980) and John Green's The Fault in Our Stars (2012)
Chapter 5: Uprooting the Lost Child: Cultivating Identifications in C.K. Williams's "A Day for Anne Frank" (1968), Marjorie Agosin's Dear Anne Frank (1998), and Paul Auster's The Invention of Solitude (1982)
Chapter 6: In Other Words: Anne Frank and the Alternate (Personal) History in Ellen Feldman's The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank (2005) and Jillian Cantor's Margot (2013)
Chapter 7: 'What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank': Holocaust Impiety and Competitive Memory in Shalom Auslander's Hope: A Tragedy (2012) and Nathan Englander's "What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank" (2012)
Chapter 8: States of Confusion: Anne Frank and America in Michelle Cliff's Abeng (1984) and "A Visit to the Anne Frank House" (1985)