Disciplining the Holocaust

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SUNY Press, Oct 23, 2008 - History - 304 pages
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"Disciplining the Holocaust examines critics' efforts to defend a rigorous and morally appropriate image of the Holocaust. Rather than limiting herself to polemics about the "proper" approach to traumatic history, Karyn Ball explores recent trends in intellectual history that govern a contemporary ethics of scholarship about the Holocaust. She examines the scholarly reception of Goldhagen's Hitler's Willing Executioners, the debates culminating in Eisenman's Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, Lyotard's response to negations of testimony about the gas chambers, psychoanalytically informed frameworks for the critical study of traumatic history, and a conference on feminist approaches to the Holocaust and genocide. Ball's book bridges the gap between psychoanalysis and Foucault's understanding of disciplinary power in order to highlight the social implications of traumatic history."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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Contents

Goldhagens Impropriety
19
Peter Eisenmans Jewish Solution to Germanys Memorial Question
45
3 Auschwitz after Lyotard
95
4 Working through the Holocaust?Toward a Psychoanalysis of Critical Refl ection
149
The Holocaust as an Object of Desire
193
Notes
219
Index
287
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Karyn Ball is Associate Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta and the editor of Traumatizing Theory: The Cultural Politics of Affect In and Beyond Psychoanalysis.

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