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Probing the Limits of Representation: Nazism and the "Final Solution"

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Can the Holocaust be compellingly described or represented? Or is there some core aspect of the extermination of the Jews of Europe which resists our powers of depiction, of theory, of narrative? In this volume, twenty scholars probe the moral, epistemological, and aesthetic limits of an account or portrayal of the Nazi horror.

These essays expose to scrutiny questions that have a pressing claim on our attention, our conscience, and our cultural memory. First presented at a conference organized by Saul Friedlander, they are now made available for the wide consideration and discussion they merit.

Christopher Browning, Hayden White, Carlo Ginzburg, Martin Jay, Dominick LaCapra, and others focus first on the general question: can the record of his historical event be established objectively through documents and witnesses, or is every historical interpretation informed by the perspective of its narrator? The suggestion that all historical accounts are determined by a preestablished narrative choice raises the ethical and intellectual issues of various forms of relativization. In more specific terms, what are the possibilities of historicizing National Socialism without minimizing the historical place of the Holocaust.

Also at issue are the problems related to an artistic representation, particularly the dilemmas posed by aestheticization. John Felstiners, Yael S. Feldman, Sidra Ezahi, Eric Santner, and Anton Kaes grapple with these questions and confront the inadequacy of words in the face of the Holocaust. Others address the problem of fitting Nazi policies and atrocities into the history of Western thought and science. The book concludes with Geoffrey Hartmans's evocative meditation on memory.

Synopsis:

Can the Holocaust be compellingly described or represented? Or is there some core aspect of the extermination of the Jews of Europe which resists our powers of depiction, of theory, of narrative? In this volume, twenty scholars probe the moral, epistemological, and aesthetic limits of an account or portrayal of the Nazi horror.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 337-398) and index.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Saul Friedlander

1. German Memory, Judicial Interrogation, and Historical Reconstruction: Writing Perpetrator History from Postwar Testimony
Christopher R. Browing

2. Historical Emplotment and the Problem of Truth
Hayden White

3. On Emplotment: Two Kinds of Ruin
Perry Anderson

4. History, Counterhistory and Narrative
Amos Funkenstien

5. Just One Witness
Carlo Ginzburg

6. Of Plots, Witness and Judgments
Martin Jay

7. Representing the Holocaust: Reflections on the Historians' Debate
Dominick LaCapra

8. Historical Understanding and Counterrationally: The Judenrat as Epistemological Vantage
Dan Diner

9. History beyond the Pleasure Principle: Some Thoughts on the Representation of Trauma
Eric L. Santner

10. Habermas, Enlightenment, and Antisemitism
Vincent P. Pecora

11. Between Image and Phrase: Progessive History and the "Final Solution" as Dispossession
Sande Cohen

12. Science, Modernity, and the "Final Solution"
Mario Biagioli

13. Holocaust and the End of History: Postmodern Historiography in Cinema
Anton Kaes

14. Whose Story Is It, Anyways? Ideology and Psychology in the Representation of the Shoah in Israeli Literature
Yael S. Feldman

15. Translating Paul Celan's "Todesfuge": Rhythm and Repetition as Metaphor
John Felstiner

16. "The Grave in the Air": Unbound Metaphors in Post-Holocaust Poetry
Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi

17. The Dialectics of Unspeakability: Language, Silence, and the Narratives of Desubjectification
Peter Haidu

18. The Representation of Limits
Berel Lang

19. The Book of the Destruction
Geoffrey H. Hartman

Notes

Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674707665
Editor:
Friedlander, Saul
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Editor:
Friedlander, Saul
Edited:
Friedlander, Saul
Author:
Friedlander, Saul
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
History
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945)
Subject:
Historiography
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945), in literature
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Influence.
Subject:
World History-Holocaust
Subject:
History - Jewish
Subject:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Jewish Studies
Copyright:
Series Volume:
2.
Publication Date:
May 1992
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
none
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 20 oz

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