Holocaust Literature: Schulz, Levi, Spiegelman and the Memory of the Offence

Holocaust Literature: Schulz, Levi, Spiegelman and the Memory of the Offence

by Gillian Banner


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Influenced by her social work practice and belief that remembrance of past injustice is essential for a civilized society, Banner (English literature, Sheffield U.) studies the dynamics of memory in relation to Holocaust representations. She focuses on the works of three generations of writers: Bruno Schultz, whose surreal stories presaged Nazism; Auschwitz chronicler Primo Levi; and Art Spiegelman, son of Holocaust survivors, whose comic books (excerpted) demonstrate that this genre can seriously convey the Shoah and its legacy. Distributed by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780853033714
Publisher: Vallentine Mitchell
Publication date: 02/25/2000
Series: Parkes-Wiener Series on Jewish Studies Series
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Schulz, Levi, Spiegelman: why these three?1
Modes, and especially the question of fiction5
2Memory's Attributes9
The compulsion to remember13
Survivors' memories: happy ending or moral vacuum?17
Memory as preparation23
3Bruno Schulz37
Schulz and the Holocaust: inklings of catastrophe?37
Narrative and Contingency43
'Cinnamon Shops'52
'The Street of Crocodiles'66
4Primo Levi87
Levi and memory87
Ricordati: 'carried in the heart'88
Memory and If This is a Man91
'On the Bottom'95
'Chemical Examination'99
'The Canto of Ulysses'104
Memory and The Mirror Maker108
Memory and The Drowned and the Saved115
Memory at last124
Ricordati: 'carried in the heart'. Or carved in the heart?126
5Art Spiegelman131
'Reality is too complex for comics'131
Maus I'No one wants anyway to hear such stories'135
Maus II'More I don't need to tell you'152
6Conclusion: Remembering in Future188

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