Fantasies of Witnessing: Postwar Efforts to Experience the Holocaust


Huge Savings Item! Save 11% on the Fantasies of Witnessing: Postwar Efforts to Experience the Holocaust by Brand: Cornell University Press at SADC Network. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. Fantasies of Witnessing explores how and why those deeply interested in the Holocaust, yet with no direct, familial connection to it, endeavor to experience it vicariously through sites or texts designed to make it ''real'' for nonwitnesses. Gary Weissman argues that far from overwhelming nonwitnesses with its magnitude of horror, the Holocaust threatens to feel distant and unreal. A prevailing rhetoric of ''secondary'' memory and trauma, he contends, and efforts to portray the Holocaust as an i


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Fantasies of Witnessing explores how and why those deeply interested in the Holocaust, yet with no direct, familial connection to it, endeavor to experience it vicariously through sites or texts designed to make it "real" for nonwitnesses. Gary Weissman argues that far from overwhelming nonwitnesses with its magnitude of horror, the Holocaust threatens to feel distant and unreal. A prevailing rhetoric of "secondary" memory and trauma, he contends, and efforts to portray the Holocaust as an immediate and personal experience, are responses to an encroaching sense of unreality: "In America, we are haunted not by the traumatic impact of the Holocaust, but by its absence. When we take an interest in the Holocaust, we are not overcoming a fearful aversion to its horror, but endeavoring to actually feel the horror of what otherwise eludes us."Weissman focuses on specific attempts to locate the Holocaust: in the person of Elie Wiesel, the most renowned survivor, and his classic memoir Night; in videotaped survivor stories and Lawrence L. Langer's celebrated book Holocaust Testimonies; and in the films Shoah and Schindler's List. These representations, he explains, constitute a movement away from the view popularized by Wiesel, that those who did not live through the Holocaust will never be able to grasp its horror, and toward re-creating the Holocaust as an "experience" nonwitnesses may put themselves through. "It is only by acknowledging the desire that gives shape to such representations, and by exploring their place in the ongoing contest over who really 'knows' the Holocaust and feels its horror, that we can arrive at a more candid assessment of our current and future relationships to the Holocaust," he says.

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Brand: Cornell University Press
Manufacturer:
Cornell University Press
Category:
Judaism
EAN:
9780801442537
ISBN:
0801442532
Edition:
1
Author:
Gary Weissman
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication Date:
2004-06-15
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Hardcover
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0.06 pounds
Item Size:
1 x 9 x 6 inches
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1.2 pounds
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6.3 x 0.9 x 9 inches

 


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