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Description - The Americanization of the Holocaust by Hilene Flanzbaum

The Holocaust is everywhere in American cultural consciousness today - in movies, books, theatre, and television, in college courses, museums, and public monuments. This collection of essays presents America's cultural appropriation of this central event in 20th-century history. The authors discuss a range of topics and examples, from "Schindler's List" to Elie Wiesel's throwing out the first pitch at the Mets sesason 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, this 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 more than 50 years since the end of the Holocaust, this overview spans a variety of critical approaches, media and genres.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801860225
ISBN-10: 0801860229
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 9-Feb-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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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.