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Caught by History: Holocaust Effects in Contemporary Art, Literature and Theory

Caught by History: Holocaust Effects in Contemporary Art, Literature and Theory (Paperback)

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In the face of strong moral and aesthetic pressure to deal with the Holocaust in strictly historical and documentary modes, this book discusses why and how reenactment of the Holocaust in art and imaginative literature can be successful in simultaneously presenting, analyzing, and working through this apocalyptic moment in human history. In pursuing his argument, the author explores such diverse materials and themes as: the testimonies of Holocaust survivors; the works of such artists and writers as Charlotte Salomon, Christian Boltanski, and Armando; and the question of what it means to live in a house built by a jew who was later transported to the death camps. He shows that reenactment, as an artistic project, also functions as a critical strategy, one that, unlike historical methods requiring a mediator, speaks directly to us and lures us into the Holocaust.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural Studies Publisher: Stanford University Press Publication Date: 01/12/1997 ISBN-13: 9780804729161  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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