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The Holocaust and the Postmodern
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The Holocaust and the Postmodern

Robert Eaglestone

Abstract

This book argues that postmodernism, especially in the work of Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida, is a deeply engaged response to the Holocaust. In turn, this thought illuminates a number of issues in our understanding of the Holocaust. The book is divided into three parts. The first part, Reading and the Holocaust, concentrates on testimony and literature, and argues that testimony is a new and singular genre with its own generic characteristics. It clarifies issues of memory and literature and analyses and defines post-1990 Holocaust fiction. The second part, Holocaust Histories, argues t ... More

Keywords: Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Derrida, philosophy of history, historiography, postmodernism, humanism, reason, truth, testimony, Holocaust fiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199265930
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265930.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Eaglestone, author
Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Literature, Royal Holloway, University of London.
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