Voicing the Void: Muteness and Memory in Holocaust Fiction available in Hardcover
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- State University of New York Press
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.
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 Holocaustit 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.
This book argues that the central issues in Holocaust historiography and literary criticism are not simply prompted by the fictionality of imaginative literaturethey 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.
|Publisher:||State University of New York Press|
|Series:||SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
|Lexile:||1370L (what's this?)|
About the Author
Sara Horowitz is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Director of the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Delaware.
Table of Contents
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