Words and Witness: Narrative and Aesthetic Strategies in the Representation of the Holocaust

Words and Witness: Narrative and Aesthetic Strategies in the Representation of the Holocaust

by Lea Wernick Fridman

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ISBN-13: 9780791446102
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 06/28/2000
Pages: 177
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Lea Wernick Fridman is Assistant Professor of English at Kingsborough Community College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

1. History, Fantasy, and Horror

2. The Silence of Historical Traumatic Experience: Aharon Appelfeld's Badenheim 1939

3. Silence in Language and in History

4. Historical Horror and the Literary Act of Witness: An Examination of Elie Wiesel's Night

5. The Literary Act of Witness: Narrative, Voice, and the Problematic of the Real

6. Concluding Thoughts and Prompting

Notes
Works Consulted
Index

What People are Saying About This

Alan L. Berger

This is an engaging, reflective, and thoughtful work. The author has insightfully set the stage for further discussion of the issue of horror and art, a topic that unfortunately is very much with us.
—(Alan L. Berger, author of Children of Job: American Second-Generation Witnesses to the Holocaust)

Herman Rapaport

This is a gripping and compelling piece of work. There's considerable wisdom in this book distilled from years of thinking about the subject in a sustained and personal way. I think this is arguably the best book on Holocaust literature that has ever been written. It is accessible, direct, honest, profound.
—(Herman Rapaport, author of Is There Truth in Art?)

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