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Textual silence : unreadability and the Holocaust

Author: Jessica Lang
Publisher: New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"There are thousands of books that represent the Holocaust, but can, and should, the act of reading these works convey the events of genocide to those who did not experience it? In Textual Silence, literary scholar Jessica Lang asserts that language itself is a barrier between the author and the reader in Holocaust texts--and that this barrier is not a lack of substance, but a defining characteristic of the genre.
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Lang, Jessica, 1973-
Textual silence.
New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2017]
(DLC) 2016044027
(OCoLC)960492898
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jessica Lang
ISBN: 9780813589947 0813589940
OCLC Number: 1021173390
Description: 1 online resource (220 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Introduction --
1: Readability and Unreadability: A Fractured Dialogue --
Part I: Generational Differences in Holocaust Literature. 2: Before, During and After: Reading and the Eyewitness --
3: Reading to Belong: Second Generation and the Audience of Self --
4: The Third-Generation's Holocaust: The Story of Time and Place --
Part II: Pushed to the Edges: The Holocaust in American Fiction. 5: American Fiction and the Act of Genocide --
6: Receding into the Distance: The Holocaust as Background --
7: Afterwords: Reading the Fragments of Memory.
Responsibility: Jessica Lang.
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