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The Palgrave Handbook of Holocaust Literature and Culture

Editors: Aarons, Victoria, Lassner, Phyllis (Eds.)

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  • Brings Holocaust literary and cultural research right up-to-date, with study ranging into the 21st century
  • Maps the critical terrain of the field of contemporary Holocaust literary and cultural studies
  • Features contributions from a wide range of eminent Holocaust studies scholars, as well as rising stars
  • Examines a variety of forms, media and genre, such as graphic novels, film and poetry
  • Comprises a study of Holocaust literary narratives from multi-generational and multicultural perspectives and from a focus on diverse genres including fiction, memoirs, graphic novels, poetry, cinema
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The Palgrave Handbook of Holocaust Literature and Culture reflects current approaches to Holocaust literature that open up future thinking on Holocaust representation. The chapters consider diverse generational perspectives—survivor writing, second and third generation—and genres—memoirs, poetry, novels, graphic narratives, films, video-testimonies, and other forms of literary and cultural expression. In turn, these perspectives create interactions among generations, genres, temporalities, and cultural contexts. The volume also participates in the ongoing project of responding to and talking through moments of rupture and incompletion that represent an opportunity to contribute to the making of meaning through the continuation of narratives of the past. As such, the chapters in this volume pose options for reading Holocaust texts, offering openings for further discussion and exploration. The inquiring body of interpretive scholarship responding to the Shoah becomes itself a story, a narrative that materially extends our inquiry into that history.

About the authors

Victoria Aarons is O.R. and Eva Mitchell Distinguished Professor of Literature at Trinity University, USA. She is the author or editor of 11 books, including The New Diaspora: The Changing Landscape of American Jewish Fiction (2015); The Cambridge Companion to Saul Bellow (2016); Third-Generation Holocaust Narratives: Memory in Memoir and Fiction (2016); Third-Generation Holocaust Representation: Trauma, History, and Memory (co-authored with Alan Berger) (2017), The New Jewish American Literary Studies (2019), and Holocaust Graphic Narratives: Generation, Trauma, and Memory (2019).

Phyllis Lassner is Professor Emerita in The Crown Center for Jewish and Israel Studies and The Gender Studies Program at Northwestern University, USA.  Her publications include British Women Writers of World War II (1998), Colonial Strangers: Women Writing the End of the British Empire, and Anglo-Jewish Women Writing the Holocaust (1998). She co-edited the volumes Antisemitism and Philosemitism in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries: Representing Jews, Jewishness, and Modern Culture (2008) and Rumer Godden: International and Intermodern Storyteller (2010). Her most recent book is Espionage and Exile: Fascism and Anti-Fascism in British Spy Fiction and Film (2017).

 

Reviews

“This excellent collection of essays, edited by two internationally celebrated scholars, will be crucial reading for anyone interested in the twenty-first-century legacies of Holocaust representation, as they appear in genres ranging from testimony, video-testimony and poetry to graphic novels, comics and photography. It revisits classic works and debates as well as introducing important new perspectives such as those of trauma studies, gender and sexuality, animal studies and the third generation. This Handbook sets the conceptual scene for literary and cultural Holocaust studies in the current era.”

Sue Vice, Professor of English, The University of Sheffield, UK


"Comprehensive, profound, intellectually daring, Aarons, Lassner and the scholars they have assembled in this remarkable collection have begun a conversation about the representation of the Holocaust in the twenty-first century that will define the terms of that conversation.” 

Joseph Skibell, author of A Blessing on the Moon (1997) and A Curable Romantic (2010)

Table of contents (42 chapters)

Table of contents (42 chapters)
  • Introduction: Approaching the Holocaust in the Twenty-First Century

    Pages 1-11

    Aarons, Victoria (et al.)

  • Elie Wiesel’s Quarrel with God

    Pages 15-25

    Berger, Alan L.

  • Primo Levi’s Last Lesson: A Reading of The Drowned and the Saved

    Pages 27-43

    Wexler, Anthony C.

  • What We Learn, at Last: Recounting Sexuality in Women’s Deferred Autobiographies and Testimonies

    Pages 45-63

    Horowitz, Sara R.

  • Ghetto in Flames: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in Early Postwar Jewish Literature

    Pages 67-89

    Patt, Avinoam J.

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eBook $169.00
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Hardcover $219.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Palgrave Handbook of Holocaust Literature and Culture
Editors
  • Victoria Aarons
  • Phyllis Lassner
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-33428-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-33428-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-33427-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 840
Number of Illustrations
35 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
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