Teaching the Rhetoric of Resistance : The Popular Holocaust and Social Change in a Post 9/11 World

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-12-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Teaching the Rhetoric of Resistance analyzes diverse contemporary reactions to the depiction of the Holocaust and other cultural traumas in museums, movies, television shows, classroom discussions, and bestselling books. Samuels scrutinizes roles played by historical trauma and the popular media in the shaping of ethnic identity as it becomes increasingly pertinent against the backdrop of globalization. In concentrating on the multiple ways the Holocaust is represented and received in different media, Samuels locates four central defense mechanisms that people employ in order to be able to cope with important ethical lessons regarding historical traumas:identification, idealization, assimilation, and universalization. Building upon these defense mechanisms, the book is able to set out effective pedagogical strategies dedicated to overcoming student resistances to critical analysis and social engagement.

Author Biography

Robert Samuels is Lecturer, UCLA, Writing Programs.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Psychoanalytic Pedagogy, Cultural Defense Mechanisms, and Social Changep. 1
'What's a Concentration Camp, Dad? Museums, Pedagogy, and the Rhetoric of Popular Culturep. 29
Remembering to Forget: Schindler's List, Critical Pedagogy, and the Popular Holocaustp. 59
Life Is Beautiful, but for Whom? Transference, Countertransference, and Student Responses to Teaching about the Holocaustp. 87
Freud Goes to South Park: Teaching Against Postmodern Prejudices and Equal Opportunity Hatredp. 111
Teaching Against Binaries: Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust in the Culture of Rhetorical Reversalsp. 131
Conclusion: From the Holocaust to the Global War on Terrorp. 149
Notesp. 155
Works Citedp. 169
Indexp. 173
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