Auschwitz and After: Race, Culture, and "the Jewish Question" in France

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Lawrence D. Kritzman
Psychology Press, 1995 - Art - 335 pages
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Beginning with Marcel Ophus's documentary The Sorrow and the Pity (1970) there has been an attempt to question the idea of a totally unified, courageous and resistant wartime France. Even more startling have been the increasingly shocking revelations that the politics of collaboration were a mere extension of a deep-seated French anti-semitic tradition. In the shadow of these developments French writers and philosophers today are reflecting on the meaning of Jewish identity in the contemporary world.

Auschwitz and After analyses for the first time how the memory of Auschwitz and the collaboration continue to haunt the French. These critical evaluations are accompianed by provocative essays on the "jewish Question" and the politics of race as they have been studied by writers, historians, philosophers and film makers in postwar France.
 

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Contents

The Voice of Vichy
15
The Holocausts Challenge to History
25
From the Novelistic to Memory
83
Emmanuel Bed and Claude LeviStrauss
119
Blanchot Violence and the Disaster
133
Discussions or Phrasing after Auschwitz
149
Difficult Freedom
180
On the Holocaust Comedies of Emile Ajar
219
Georges Perec and the Broken Book
235
The Languages of Pain in Shoah
299
Durass Amelia Steiner or Beyond Essence
313
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About the author (1995)

Lawrence D. Kritzman is Edward Tuck Professor of French and Chair of the Program in Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College. He has edited Politics, Philosophy, Culture, a selection of interviews and essays by Michel Foucault.

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