Third-Generation Holocaust Representation: Trauma, History, and Memory

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Third-Generation Holocaust Representation: Trauma, History, and Memory

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Victoria Aarons and Alan L. Berger show that Holocaust literary representation has continued to flourish well into the twenty-first century—gaining increased momentum even as its perspective shifts, as a third generation adds its voice to the chorus of post-Holocaust writers. In negotiating the complex thematic imperatives and narrative conceits of the literature of third-generation writers, this bold new work examines those structures, tropes, patterns, ironies, disjunctions, and overall tensions that produce a literature that laments unrecoverable loss for a generation removed spatially and temporally from the extended trauma of the Holocaust. Aarons and Berger address evolving notions of “postmemory”; the intergenerational and ongoing transmission of trauma; issues of Jewish cultural identity; inherited memory; the psychological tensions of post-Holocaust Jewish identity; the characteristic tropes of memory and the personalized narrative voice; issues of generational dislocation and anxiety; the recurrent antagonisms of assimilation and historical alienation; the imaginative re-creation and reconstruction of the past; and the future of Holocaust memory and representation.

ISBN

9780810134102

Publication Date

2017

Publisher

Northwestern University Press

Keywords

Holocaust, memory, trauma, history, third generation, literature, Jewish culture

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | English Language and Literature

Table of Contents

On the periphery : the "tangled roots" of Holocaust remembrance for the third generation -- The intergenerational transmission of memory and trauma : from survivor writing to post-Holocaust representation -- Third-generation memoirs : metonymy and representation in Daniel Mendelsohn's The Lost -- Trauma and tradition : changing classical paradigms in third-generation novelists -- Nicole Krauss : inheriting the burden of Holocaust trauma -- Refugee writers and Holocaust trauma -- "There were times when it was possible to weigh suffering" : Julie Orringer's The Invisible Bridge and the extended trauma of the Holocaust.

Third-Generation Holocaust Representation: Trauma, History, and Memory

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