9780226676104

Catastrophe and Meaning: The Holocaust and the Twentieth Century

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    9780226676104

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    0226676102

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-11-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Summary

How should we understand the relation of the Holocaust to the broader historical processes of the century just ended? How do we explain the bearing of the Holocaust on problems of representation, memory, memorialization, and historical practice? These are some of the questions explored by an esteemed group of scholars in Catastrophe and Meaning, the most significant multiauthored book on the Holocaust in over a decade. This collection features essays that consider the role of anti-Semitism in the recounting of the Holocaust; the place of the catastrophe in the narrative of twentieth-century history; the questions of agency and victimhood that the Holocaust inspires; the afterlife of trauma in literature written about the tragedy; and the gaps in remembrance and comprehension that normal historical works fail to notice. Contributors: Omer Bartov, Dan Diner, Debograve;rah Dwork, Saul Friedlauml;nder, Geoffrey Hartman, Dominick LaCapra, Paul Mendes-Flohr, Anson Rabinbach, Frank Trommler, Shulamit Volkov, Froma Zeitlin

Author Biography

Moishe Postone is an associate professor of modern European history at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Time, Labor, and Social Domination: A Reinterpretation of Marx's Critical Theory.

Eric Santner is the Philip and Ida Romberg Professor of Modern Germanic Studies and chair of the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago. He is the author of four books, most recently On the Psychotheology of Everyday Life: Reflections on Freud and Rosenzweig.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Catastrophe and Meaning 1(16)
Moishe Postone and Eric Santner
PART ONE: HISTORY, ANTI-SEMITISM, AND THE HOLOCAUST
1 Ideology and Extermination: The Immediate Origins of the "Final Solution"
Saul Friedländer
17(17)
2 Anti-Semitism as Explanation: For and Against
Shulamit Volkov
34(17)
PART TWO: THE HOLOCAUST AND THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
3 "The Abyss that opened up before us": Thinking about Auschwitz and Modernity
Anson Rabinbach
51(16)
4 The Destruction of Narrativity: The Holocaust in Historical Discourse
Dan Diner
67(14)
5 The Holocaust and the Trajectory of the Twentieth Century
Moishe Postone
81(36)
PART THREE: ANNIHILATION, VICTIMHOOD, IDENTITY
6 "Fields of Glory": War, Genocide, and the Glorification of Violence
Omer Bartov
117(19)
7 Stalingrad, Hiroshima, Auschwitz: The Fading of the Therapeutic Approach
Frank Trommler
136(18)
8 Agents, Contexts, Responsibilities: The Massacre at Budy
Debórah Dwork
154(19)
PART FOUR: TRAUMA AND THE LIMITS OF REPRESENTATION
9 New Soundings in Holocaust Literature: A Surplus of Memory
Froma Zeitlin
173(36)
10 Holocaust Testimonies; Attending to the Victim's Voice
Dominick LaCapra
209(23)
11 Holocaust and Hope
Geoffrey Hartman
232(18)
12 Lament's Hope
Paul Mendes-Flohr
250(7)
Acknowledgments 257(2)
List of Contributors 259(4)
Index 263

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