Synopses & Reviews
Quenching public thirst for historical voyeurism, "Schindler's List" not only invites a renewed scholarly and intellectual discussion about the limits of representation, but also proves the necessity of such a discussion for a larger public. The critical and popular receptions of "Schindler's List", and the public conversations it has triggered in different national ethnic contexts touch upon a variety of issues: the representation of history by cinema and popular culture; the right to dramatize the unrepresentable; the relationship between public/popular memory; the role of national identity in the shaping and selective reception of popular memory; the place and role of the Holocaust in ongoing debates about racism and group hate; and the authority of popular culture, and Hollywood in particular, to retell and ultimately shape public perceptions of the Holocaust. Such questions are not easily answered. It is to provoke reflection on them that this interdisciplinary critical anthology, compiled of a dozen essays written by distinguished scholars in different fields, has been designed.
"This anthology of essays on Steven Spielberg's 1993 film is a solid achievement. It is a repository of considerable critical insight and frequently passionate argument." --Holocaust and Genocide Studies
"An excellent collection; highly recommended for general readers and students at all levels." --Choice
"This collection of essays opens further the debate on how to represent the Holocaust as Holocaust representation and memory move into ever-greater areas of daily American and Jewish American culture." --Tikkun
Schindler's List not only afforded director Steven Spielberg a cinematic vehicle loaded with Hollywood-hardware to create his master narrative about the Holocaust, the film also invited a renewed scholarly and intellectual discussion about racism, "historical voyeurism" and the "limits of representation." This thought-provoking critical anthology tackles these issues and many others.
'A stimulating collection that assesses the strengths and limitations of Schlindler's List as a film and as a reflection of Holocaust experience. Readers who found the film controversial will have the same response to many of these essays, which invite us to range beyond the immediate issues of a single movie to challenging questions of aesthetic, religious, and theoretical concern.' - Lawrence L. Langer, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
About the Author
Yosefa Loshitzky, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication and Journalism at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is the author of The Radical Faces of Godard and Bertolucci.
Table of Contents
List of Contributors
1. Every Once in a While: Schindler's List and the Shaping of History Barbie Zelizer
2. Spielberg's Oskar: Hollywood Tries Evil Omer Bartov
3. The Cinema Animal Geoffrey Hartman
4. Schindler's List is not Shoah: Second Commandment, Popular Modernism and Public
Memory Miriam Hansen
5. Holocaust Others: Spielberg's Schindler's List versus Lanzmann's Shoah Yosefa
6. But is it Good for the Jews? Spielberg's Schindler and the Aesthetics of Atrocity Sara R.
7. The Image Lingers: The Feminization of the Jew in Schindler's List Judith E. Doneson
8. Schindler's Discourse: America Discusses the Holocaust and its Mediation, from NBC's
Miniseries to Spielberg's Film Jeffrey A. Shandler
9. The Tale of the Good German: Reflections on the Israeli Reception of Schindler's List
10. The Great Taboo Broken: Reflections on the Israeli Reception of Schindler's List
11. Between Obsession and Amnesia: Reflections on the French Reception of Schindler's
List Natasha Lehrer
12. The Uncertain Certainty of Schindler's List Bryan Cheyette