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The Broken VoiceReading Post-Holocaust Literature$
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Robert Eaglestone

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198778363

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198778363.001.0001

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Post-Holocaust Kitsch

Post-Holocaust Kitsch

(p.139) 6 Post-Holocaust Kitsch
The Broken Voice

Robert Eaglestone

Oxford University Press

The divide between the events of the Holocaust and its representation has been a source of controversy since the sixties and is an inevitable result of the growth of Holocaust consciousness. One particularly influential and worrying area is the growth of post-Holocaust kitsch. Though very different, the celebrated narrative sculpture, Hell, by Jake and Dinos Chapman, and the phenomenally successful novel for children, John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, are both contemporary examples of this. This chapter analyses the complexities of these responses to horror, and discusses what they mean for our understanding of the Holocaust. In the case of Boyne, this is an issue of special concern because this book is so widely used in schools.

Keywords:   Holocaust, genocide, kitsch, John Boyne, Jake Chapman, Dinos Chapman, Hannah Arendt, Sianne Ngai, Darren Almond, Saul Friedländer

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