Probing the Limits of Representation
Nazism and the "Final Solution"
Edited by Saul Friedlander
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Probing the Limits of Representation by Saul Friedlander
Book DescriptionCan the Holocaust be compellingly described or represented? Or is there some core aspect of the extermination of the Jews of Europe which resists our powers of depiction, of theory, of narrative? In this volume, 20 scholars probe the moral, epistemological and aesthetic limits of an account or portrayal of the Nazi horror. Christopher Browning, Hayden White, Carlo Ginzburg, Martin Jay, Dominick LaCapra, and others focus first on the general question: can the record of this historical event be established objectively through documents and witnesses, or is every historical interpretation informed by the perspective of its narrator? The suggestion that all historical accounts are determined by a pre-established narrative choice raises the ethical and intellectual issues of various forms of relativization. In more specific terms, what are the possibilities of historicizing National Socialism without minimizing the historical place of the Holocaust? Also at issue are the problems related to artistic representation, particularly the dilemmas posed by aestheticization. John Felstiner, Yael S. Feldman, Sidra Ezrahi, Eric Santner, and Anton Kaes grapple with these questions and confront the inadequacy of words in the face of the Holocaust. Others address the problem of fitting Nazi policies and atrocities into the history of Western thought and science. The book concludes with Geoffrey Hartman's meditation on memory.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674707665
(235mm x 152mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-May-1992
Country of Publication: United States
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