The Holocaust and the Nonrepresentable: Literary and Photographic Transcendence

The Holocaust and the Nonrepresentable: Literary and Photographic Transcendence

by David Patterson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438470054
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 06/01/2018
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Jewish Thought Series
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

David Patterson is Hillel A. Feinberg Chair in Holocaust Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. His many books include Anti-Semitism and Its Metaphysical Origins.

Table of Contents

List of Photographs

Part I. Reflections on Holocaust Representation and the Nonrepresentable: Theoretical Considerations

By Way of a Prologue

Naming It

Naming Auschwitz

Post-Auschwitz Implications for an Understanding of Language

The Nonrepresentable and the Murder of the Mother

The Silent Scream

The Nonrepresentable Site of Silence

Naming the Name, the Nameless, and the Assault on the Name

The Nonrepresentable Assault on the Nonrepresentable Good

The Assault on Time, the Death of Death, and Holocaust Representation

A Memory and a Name

Part II. The Literary Transcendence of Holocaust Representation: Speaking the Ineffable

Opening Thoughts: Epiphany and the Ultimate

A Word about Method: Substitution and the Transcendent

The Extermination of the Eternal

The Annihilation of the Father

The Obliteration of the Mother

The Collapse of Human Relation

The Disintegration of Knowledge

The Devastation of the Word

The Demolition of Meaning

The Desolation of the Soul

The Death of Death

The Eradication of the Child

Part III. The Photographic Transcendence of Holocaust Representation: Revealing the Invisible

The Legacy of Lot’s Wife


The Glory under Assault

The Mothers of Israel

The Child

The Face

The Edge of the Anti-World

The Grave without a Cemetery

The Muselmann

Selection: No Judge and No Judgment

A View from the Gas Chambers


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