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Richard I. Cohen

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190912628

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190912628.001.0001

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Emily Miller Budick, The Subject of Holocaust Fiction. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015. x + 250 pp.

Emily Miller Budick, The Subject of Holocaust Fiction. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015. x + 250 pp.

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(p.243) Emily Miller Budick, The Subject of Holocaust Fiction. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015. x + 250 pp.
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Place in Modern Jewish Culture and Society
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Richard I. Cohen
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190912628.003.0021

This chapter reviews the book The Subject of Holocaust Fiction (2015), by Emily Miller Budick. In The Subject of Holocaust Fiction, Budick is not concerned with positions that denigrate or problematize Holocaust literature as moral or epistemological failure. Instead, she claims that Holocaust fiction has too often been taken by both ordinary readers and critics as quasi-authentic representations of the experiences of the victims of Nazism, as near-equivalents of survivor memoirs, or as witnesses through the imagination. Budick argues that we need to restore literariness to our appreciation of Holocaust fiction and insists that the subject of Holocaust fiction is subjectivity itself, the complex humanity of its characters, of the text itself, and perhaps most significantly, of its readers.

Keywords:   Emily Miller Budick, The Subject of Holocaust Fiction, Holocaust, Holocaust fiction, Nazism

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