The alternate universe : language, death, and memory in the memoirs of atrocity (Book, 2010) [WorldCat.org]
skip to content
The alternate universe : language, death, and memory in the memoirs of atrocity
Checking...

The alternate universe : language, death, and memory in the memoirs of atrocity

Author: Shazia Ali
Publisher: 2010.
Dissertation: Ph. D. University of Texas at Dallas 2010
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript   Archival Material : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
The Holocaust memoirs have had a shaping impact on twentieth and twenty-first-century historical and philosophical studies. My dissertation expands these studies by defining the Holocaust memoir as a literary text, considering its literary contributions to Holocaust literature. The dissertation addresses some of the recurring elements of Holocaust literature, such as the loss of language, the mutilation of memory,  Read more...
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

Find a copy online

Links to this item

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Genre/Form: Academic theses
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Shazia Ali
OCLC Number: 740506072
Notes: Includes vita.
Reproduction Notes: Print reproduction.
Description: ix, 141 pages
Responsibility: by Shazia Ali.

Abstract:

The Holocaust memoirs have had a shaping impact on twentieth and twenty-first-century historical and philosophical studies. My dissertation expands these studies by defining the Holocaust memoir as a literary text, considering its literary contributions to Holocaust literature. The dissertation addresses some of the recurring elements of Holocaust literature, such as the loss of language, the mutilation of memory, the silence of God, and the effects of shock and fear on children and women. It claims that each of these elements is an integral, literary characteristic of the Holocaust memoir. In addition to creating a literary framework for the Holocaust memoir, my dissertation establishes a link among literary criticism, moral dilemma, and the necessity of approaching the art of the Shoah from an interdisciplinary perspective. By redefining some of the characteristic features of the memoir revolving around the Shoah, it analyzes the literary structures of five major works of this genre that have received literary acclaim by scholars and the public alike: Aranka Siegal, Upon the Head of a Goat, Livia Bitton-Jackson, I Have Lived a Thousand Years, Magda Denes, Castles Burning, Sara Bernstein, The Seamstress, and Béla Zsolt, Nine Suitcases. Considering Lawrence Langer and Alvin Rosenfeld.s artistic concepts regarding Holocaust literature, this dissertation uses similar approaches to the Holocaust memoirs, arguing that these works are essentially literary responses to the void created by the Shoah. Finally, my dissertation demonstrates that this void is the source of the mental anguish the memoirist suffers from, with each memoir closing with theme of the loss of hope for liberation, and the creation of an alternate universe, where history has to be redefined.

Reviews

User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.