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Storytelling : the destruction of the inalienable in the age of the Holocaust

Author: Rodolphe Gasché
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, [2018] ©2018
Series: SUNY series, literature ... in theory.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Storytelling, Rodolphe Gasché reexamines the muteness of Holocaust survivors, that is, their inability to tell their stories. This phenomenon has not been explained up to now without reducing the violence of the events to which survivors were subjected, on the one hand, and diminishing the specific harm that has been done to them as human beings, on the other. Distinguishing storytelling from testifying and  Read more...
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Named Person: Wilhelm Schapp; Walter Benjamin; Hannah Arendt; Hannah Arendt; Walter Benjamin; Wilhelm Schapp; Hannah Arendt; Walter Benjamin; Wilhelm Schapp
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rodolphe Gasché
ISBN: 9781438471457 1438471459 9781438471464 1438471467
OCLC Number: 1031432224
Description: ix, 150 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Entanglement in stories (Wilhelm Schapp) --
Storytelling (Walter Benjamin) --
Surviving for others (Hannah Arendt).
Series Title: SUNY series, literature ... in theory.
Responsibility: Rodolphe Gasché.

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In Storytelling, Rodolphe Gasché reexamines the muteness of Holocaust survivors, that is, their inability to tell their stories. This phenomenon has not been explained up to now without reducing the violence of the events to which survivors were subjected, on the one hand, and diminishing the specific harm that has been done to them as human beings, on the other. Distinguishing storytelling from testifying and providing information, Gasché asserts that the utter senselessness of the violence inflicted upon them is what inhibited survivors from making sense of their experience in the form of tellable stories. In a series of readings of major theories of storytelling by three thinkers - Wilhelm Schapp, whose work will be a welcome discovery to many English-speaking audiences, Walter Benjamin, and Hannah Arendt - Gasché systematically assesses the consequences of the loss of the storyteling faculty, considered by some an inalienable possession of the human, both for the victims' humanity and for philosophy.

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