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Imagining the Holocaust

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Imagining the Holocaust
Call No: 809.93 S41i

Call Number809.93 S41i
Dates1999
Statement of ResponsibilityDaniel R. Schwarz.
Creators & ContributorsSchwarz, Daniel R. (author)
Summary"In Imagining the Holocaust, Daniel R. Schwarz examines widely read Holocaust narratives which have shaped the way we understand and respond to the events of that time. He begins with first person narratives—Wiesel's Night and Levi's Survival at Auschwitz—and then turns to searingly realistic fictions such as Borowski's This Way to the Gas Chamber, Ladies and Gentlemen, before turning to the Kafkaesque parables of Appelfeld and the fantastic cartoons of Spiegleman's Maus books. Schwarz argues that as we move further away from the original events, the narratives authors use to render the Holocaust horror evolve to include fantasy and parable, and he shows how diverse audiences respond differently to these highly charged and emotional texts." —Publisher
ContentsIntroduction. The ethics of imagining the Holocaust: representation, responsibility, and reading

I. Memoirs
  1. The ethics of reading Elie Wiesel's Night
  2. Painful memories: the agony of Primo Levi
  3. World into words: The Diary of Anne Frank and Sophie Goetzel-Leviathan's The
    War from Within
II. Realism
  1. Haunted by history: Tadeusz Borowski's This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen
  2. John Hersey's The Wall: fiction as history in the first generation of Holocaust fiction
  3. Popular fiction: Gerald Green's Holocaust: a novel of survival and triumph
  4. Beyond the camps: Kosinski's The Painted Bird
  5. The ontological problems of docufiction: William Styron's Sophie's Choice
  6. Keneally's and Spielberg's Schindler's List: realistic novel into epic film
III. Myth, parable, and fable
  1. Schwarz-Bart's mythopoetic and historical humanism: The Last of the Just
  2. Aharon Appelfeld's parables
  3. Illuminating distortion and historical cartoon: Leslie Epstein's King of the Jews
IV. Fantasy
  1. The comic groteque of Spiegelman's Maus
  2. Cynthia Ozick's fables: "The Shawl" and "Rosa"
  3. Bruno Schulz's nightmare in The Street of Crocodiles and Sanitarium Under the Sign of the Hourglass and Cynthia Ozick's response in The Messiah of Stockholm
Physical Description 353 pages ; 22 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish
PublisherNew York : St. Martin's Press
EditionFirst edition
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (pages [339]345) and index