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Witnessing Witnessing: On the Reception of Holocaust Survivor Testimony

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Witnessing Witnessing focuses critical attention on those who receive the testimony of Holocaust survivors. Questioning the notion that traumatic experience is intrinsically unspeakable and that the Holocaust thus lies in a quasi-sacred realm beyond history, the book asks whether much current theory does not have the effect of silencing the voices of real historical victims. It thereby challenges widely accepted theoretical views about the representation of trauma in general and the Holocaust in particular as set forth by Giorgio Agamben, Cathy Caruth, Berel Lang,

and Dori Laub. It also reconsiders, in the work of Theodor Adorno and Emmanuel Levinas, reflections on ethics and aesthetics after Auschwitz as these pertain to the reception of testimony.

Referring at length to videotaped testimony and to texts by Charlotte Delbo, Primo Levi, and Jorge Semprun, the book aims to make these voices heard. In doing so, it clarifies the problems that anyone receiving testimony may encounter and emphasizes the degree to which listening to survivors depends on listening to ourselves and to one another.

Witnessing Witnessing seeks to show how, in the situation of address in which Holocaust survivors call upon us, we discover our own tacit assumptions about the nature of community and the very manner in which we practice it.

About the Author

Thomas Trezise is Professor of French at Princeton University, where he teaches modern French literature, literary theory, continental philosophy, and Holocaust Studies. His previous publications include Into the Breach: Samuel Beckett and the Ends of Literature, the French translation of Paul de Man's Allegories of Reading, the American edition and co-translation of Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe's The Subject of Philosophy, and an edited collection entitled Encounters with Levinas.

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ISBN:
9780823244492
Author:
Trezise, Thomas
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Philosophy/Religion
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
5.9 x 8.9 x 0.8 in 0.95 lb

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