By R. Clifton Spargo, R. Clifton Spargo, Robert M. Ehrenreich
After illustration? explores one of many significant concerns in Holocaust studies--the intersection of reminiscence and ethics in creative expression, fairly inside literature.
As specialists within the research of literature and tradition, the students during this assortment study the moving cultural contexts for Holocaust illustration and exhibit how writers--whether they write as witnesses to the Holocaust or at an resourceful distance from the Nazi genocide--articulate the shadowy borderline among truth and fiction, among occasion and expression, and among the of lifestyles continued in atrocity and the wish of a significant life. What inventive literature brings to the research of the Holocaust is a capability to check the boundaries of language and its conventions. After illustration? strikes past the suspicion of illustration and explores the altering which means of the Holocaust for various generations, audiences, and contexts.
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The expectation of a parousia or ultimate revelation does not cease. The general result of religious historiography, then, is the creation of a zone viewed as sacred or numinous, even if what happens within it displays many features of ordinary, non-sacred life. This effect of the sacred immunizes the events touched by it, keeps them from being contaminated or swallowed by GEOFFREY HARTMAN 28 time. They are separated out from “the dark backward and abysm” as something absolute. Even the willingness to kill a beloved son becomes part of a Torah to be meditated upon day and night, as the Psalms urge.
Jean-François Lyotard, The Differend: Phrases in Dispute, trans. George Van Dan Abbeele (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, ). . Sidra Ezrahi, By Words Alone: The Holocaust in Literature (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, ), . . : Harvard University Press, ). . For one of the most thorough and even-handed accounts of Adorno’s controversial statement, its place within his thought and its importance for the suspicion of representational regimes in Holocaust literature, and also for Adorno’s several reﬁnements of his position over the course of his career, see Michael Rothberg, Traumatic Realism: The Demands of Holocaust Representation (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, ), –.
From this perspective “concentrationary realism” could cover not only a literature of fact but also the quality of concentration displayed by a mind refusing to be obliterated when confronted by adverse conditions. NOTES . Michal Govrin, “The Case of the Jewish Biography,” Partisan Review (): –. . , . . ” Poetry, Narrative, History (Oxford: Blackwell, ), . . Jacques Derrida, Demeure: Fiction and Testimony, trans. Elizabeth Rottenberg (Stanford: Stanford University Press, ), published together with Maurice Blanchot, The Instant of My Death.
After Representation?: The Holocaust, Literature, and Culture by R. Clifton Spargo, R. Clifton Spargo, Robert M. Ehrenreich