"If the Holocaust, as image and symbol, seems to have sprung loose from its origins, it does not mean we should decry Americanization; rather, the pervasive presence of representations of the Holocaust in our culture demands responsible evaluation and interpretation."-from the Introduction The Holocaust is everywhere in American cultural consciousness today-in movies, books, theater, and television, in college courses, museums, and public monuments. In The Americanization of the Holocaust, Hilene Flanzbaum presents a collection of essays on America's cultural appropriation of this central event in twentieth-century history. The authors discuss a broad range of topics and examples, from Schindler's List to Elie Wiesel's throwing out the first pitch at the Mets season opener in 1988, from the idealizations of Anne Frank to a cookbook of recipes from survivors of the Terezin concentration camp, from a look at Art Spiegelman's acclaimed comic book Maus to a contemporary faux pas at the Nike Corporation.
While several authors draw directly from the testimony of survivors, the volume as a whole examines how much of our knowledge of the Holocaust comes to us through cultural filters--from editors and publishers, producers and directors, artists and advertising executives. Covering the more than fifty years since the end of the Holocaust, this rich and comprehensive overview spans a wide variety of critical approaches, media, and genres. Contents and contributors: The Imaginary Jew and the American Poet, Hilene Flanzbaum . Aliens in the Wasteland: American Encounters with the Holocaust on 1960s Science Fiction Television, Jeffrey Shandler . Imagining Survivors: Testimony and the Rise of Holocaust Consciousness, Henry Greenspan . America's Holocaust: Memory and the Politics of Identity, James E. Young . Inheriting the Holocaust: Jewish American Fiction and the Double Bind of the Second-Generation Survivor, Andrew Furman . Surviving Rego Park: Holocaust Theory from Art Spiegelman to Berel Lang, Amy Hungerford . "Three Thousand Miles Away": The Holocaust in Recent Works for the American Theater, Joyce Antler .
The Cinematic Triangulation of Jewish American Identity: Israel, America, and the Holocaust, Sara R. Horowitz . Reflections on the Holocaust from Nebraska, Alan E. Steinweis . "You Who Never Was There": Slavery and the New Historicism-Deconstruction and the Holocaust, Walter Benn Michaels . Suffering as a Moral Beacon: Blacks and Jews, Laurence Mordekhai Thomas . Play Will Make You Free: Reprising The Triumph of the Will in Chicago's Nike Town, Andrew Levy
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Author Biography - Hilene Flanzbaum
Hilene Flanzbaum is an associate professor of English at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, and an editor of Jewish-American Literature: A Norton Anthology.