After Representation?: The Holocaust, Literature, and Culture

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R. Clifton Spargo, Robert Ehrenreich
Rutgers University Press, Nov 11, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 256 pages
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After Representation? explores one of the major issues in Holocaust studiesłthe intersection of memory and ethics in artistic expression, particularly within literature.

As experts in the study of literature and culture, the scholars in this collection examine the shifting cultural contexts for Holocaust representation and reveal how writersłwhether they write as witnesses to the Holocaust or at an imaginative distance from the Nazi genocidełarticulate the shadowy borderline between fact and fiction, between event and expression, and between the condition of life endured in atrocity and the hope of a meaningful existence. What imaginative literature brings to the study of the Holocaust is an ability to test the limits of language and its conventions. After Representation? moves beyond the suspicion of representation and explores the changing meaning of the Holocaust for different generations, audiences, and contexts.

 

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Contents

On the Cultural Continuities of Literary Representation
Is the Holocaust Still to Be Written?
A Question for Aesthetics?
How Does Culture Influence Memory?
Contributors Biographies
Index
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R. Clifton Spargo is an associate professor of English at Marquette University. He is the author of Vigilant Memory: Emmanuel Levinas, the Holocaust, and the Unjust Death and The Ethics of Mourning: Grief and Responsibility in Elegiac Literature.

Robert M. Ehrenreich is the director of the university programs division of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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