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"Never happy and honest at the same time" : history, duality, and impossible choices in Jonathan Safran Foer's "Everything is illuminated

Author: Julie W Ruth
Publisher: 2010.
Dissertation: M.A. University of Alaska Fairbanks 2010
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
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"Jonathan Safran Foer's first novel, 'Everything is Illuminated', blends historical fiction, moral dilemmas, and post-modern techniques to examine the relationship between victims and perpetrators during the Holocaust and how this relationship affects later generations. Foer focuses on memory and stories within families and cultures, and within these records of identity, concepts of opposition and duality figure  Read more...
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Named Person: Jonathan Safran Foer; Jonathan Safran Foer
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Julie W Ruth
OCLC Number: 663111950
Notes: "May 2010."
Description: v, 76 leaves ; 28 cm
Contents: 1. The commencement of a very rigid journey : introduction --
2. The persnicketiness of memory : The holocaust literature genre --
3. The thickness of blood and drama : Ukrainian historical context --
4. Recurrent secrets : impossible choices --
5. Illumination : duality --
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Responsibility: by Julie W. Ruth.

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"Jonathan Safran Foer's first novel, 'Everything is Illuminated', blends historical fiction, moral dilemmas, and post-modern techniques to examine the relationship between victims and perpetrators during the Holocaust and how this relationship affects later generations. Foer focuses on memory and stories within families and cultures, and within these records of identity, concepts of opposition and duality figure prominently. Although Foer implies a worldview is too simple when composed of opposites, such as absence/presence, good/evil, Jew/non-Jew, the ideas of opposition and duality signify conflict and unfilled potential for reconciliation. Patterns of opposites add weight and permanence to fleeting experiences and give purpose to memories; however, continual cycling of patterns in opposition creates heaviness or solemnity in memory and history. This heaviness and obligation can be seen in Holocaust Literature, where the need to write down accounts of collusion and atrocities has created a permanent place for second-and third-generation survivors, and also a place for examining the moral dilemmas within the human condition. Foer chooses Ukraine as his setting, and its unique role during the Holocaust makes it a vehicle for showing the tragedy of impossible choices and the relationship between two young men as they uncover truths about their families"--Leaf iii.

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