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Holocaust narratives : trauma, memory and identity across generations

Author: Thorsten Wilhelm
Publisher: New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2020. ©2020
Series: Routledge studies in comparative literature.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Holocaust Narratives: Trauma, Memory and Identity Across Generations analyzes individual multi-generational frameworks of Holocaust trauma to answer one essential question: How do these narratives change to not only transmit the trauma of the Holocaust - and in the process add meaning to what is inherently an event that annihilates meaning - but also construct the trauma as a connector to a past that needs to be  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thorsten Wilhelm
ISBN: 9780367442972 0367442973
OCLC Number: 1152489396
Description: xiv, 186 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Holocaust traumata and their generational legacies and emanations. Generations : structural frameworks --
The dialogical nature of (collective) trauma --
Trauma theory : concepts, implications, outlooks --
Moving trauma theory into the generation of postmemory --
Living in the aftermath : forms of trauma --
Insterstices between individual and cultural trauma --
Trauma as connective force --
Structure of the book --
Narrating the inexpressible : Wiesel's Night as testimonial trendsetter. God on the gallows : doublings of faith --
Trauma in the mirror : identities in the face of trauma --
Paradigmatic accuser : connecting audiences --
Witness in search of meaning and silence --
Surviving and remembering : representing trauma in the present --
The truth of fiction in Louis Begley's Wartime lies. Narrated identities : fictionalization of self and its actual facts --
Negotiating fact and fiction in meaningful representation for the audience --
The creation of meaning and its passing ownership --
(R/De-)construction of narrative and real identity --
Asserting control by narrative means --
Rescuing one's memory from past traumata : Cheryl Pearl Sucher's The rescue of memory. Past and present : making a stance of one's own --
Photographs and other stories : past negatives and healing trauma --
Generational vonnections : approaching first- and second-generation trauma --
First-hand trauma in second-generation writing --
Emancipation through embedding : establishing a meaningful presence of the past --
Meaningful incorporation of past trauma into present narratives --
Encaustic memories : second-generation assertions in Rosenbaum's Second hand smoke. Traumatic impositions : connecting first- and second-generation trauma --
Encountering the ghosts : generational connections to the past --
Close contact : breaking down past and present distinctions --
Imposing trauma : between filial rage and generational forgiveness --
Individual and cultural authorship over trauma stories --
Damaged goods : navigating parental trauma and one's own --
Exclusion from and inclusion into parental narratives --
Remembering, letting go, and incorporating the past into the present --
Progressive and tragic narrative outlook in overcoming trauma --
Connecting worlds : Narrative networks in Horn's The world to come. Generational temporal connections --
Choosing narrative, choosing life --
Linguistic connections to translated pasts --
Storied bridges : connecting present, past, and future worlds --
Meaningful narratives : paper bridges between (past) trauma and (present) meanings --
Connecting worlds : people as stories --
Creating a future from the past --
Stories as narrative intersections between generations --
When memory fails : fiction as history in Everything Is illuminated. Narrative trajectories : limitations of fictional meaning creation --
Generational positions : midrashic engagements and circular historicity --
(Re-)Constructing the past : interrelations between the place and its stories --
Language and silence : connective phantasmagorias of meaning --
Workable terminologies : integrating past-tensed facts --
Fictional records : tracking meanings between past and present --
Narrative realities : permeating events and stories --
Imaginative representation : memory's narrative dependencies --
Generational catharsis in dyadic, generational encounters --
Conclusion : the future of trauma.
Series Title: Routledge studies in comparative literature.
Responsibility: Thorsten Wilhelm.

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"Holocaust Narratives: Trauma, Memory and Identity Across Generations analyzes individual multi-generational frameworks of Holocaust trauma to answer one essential question: How do these narratives change to not only transmit the trauma of the Holocaust - and in the process add meaning to what is inherently an event that annihilates meaning - but also construct the trauma as a connector to a past that needs to be continued in the present?"--

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