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Caught by history : Holocaust effects in contemporary art, literature, and theory.

Author: Ernst van Alphen
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A discussion of how re-enactment of the Holocaust in art and imaginative literature can be successful in simultaneously presenting, analyzing, and working through the apocalyptic moment in human  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ernst van Alphen
ISBN: 0804729158 9780804729154 0804729166 9780804729161
OCLC Number: 60157952
Description: 240 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: caught by history: how this book came about; 1. History's other: oppositional thought and its discontents; Part I. 2. The seduction of directness; 2. Testimonies and the limits of representation; 3. Autobiography as resistance to history: Charlotte Salamon's 'Life or Theatre?'; Part II. The Historical Approach to Memory, With a Difference: 4. Deadly historians: Christian Boltanski's intervention in Holocaust historiography; 5. Touching Death: Armando's quest for an indexical language; Part III. The Imaginative Approach to Memory: 6. The revivifying artist: Christian Boltanski's efforts to close the gap; 7. A master of amazement: Armando's self-chosen exile; Part IV. Giving Memory a Place: 8. Sublimity in the home: overcoming uncanniness; Notes; Works Cited; Index.

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'Caught by History is a finely balanced, scholarly narrative of van Alphen'sencounters with Holocaust literature, testimony, and art. It brings to our attention little-known artists, and tackles Read more...

 
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