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Foregone conclusions : against apocalyptic history

Author: Michael André Bernstein
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1994.
Series: Contraversions, 4.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Criticizes "foreshadowing" in literary works on the Shoah which view it as inevitable, as a foreordained culmination of the entire brutal history of European antisemitism. States that the Shoah was not an unavoidable tragedy, in the literary sense, because the genocide was part of an ongoing political process, and the fate of individuals sometimes depended on their own resourcefulness or on "accidental" occurrences.  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Aharon Apelfeld; Aron / Badenhaim ʻir nofesh Appelfeld; Aron Appelfeld; Aharon Appelfeld
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael André Bernstein
ISBN: 0520087852 9780520087859
OCLC Number: 29361335
Notes: "A Centennial book."
Description: xiii, 181 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Against Foreshadowing --
2. Backshadowing and Apocalyptic History --
3. Narrating the Shoah --
4. Backshadowing and the Rhetoric of Victimization --
5. Sideshadowing and the Principle of the Insufficient Cause --
6. (In Place of a) Conclusion: The Unmastered Future.
Series Title: Contraversions, 4.
Other Titles: Against apocalyptic history.
Responsibility: Michael André Bernstein.
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The author's denunciation of apocalyptic thinking provides a moral, philosophical, and literary challenge to the way most of us make sense of our worlds. He argues that, in our search for coherence,  Read more...


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