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Probing the ethics of Holocaust culture / edited by Claudio Fogu, Wulf Kansteiner, Todd Presner.

  • Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2016.
  • ©2016
vii, 519 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Summary note:
Probing the Ethics of Holocaust Culture interrogates the memorial cultures, forms of representation, and emblematic debates that have shaped the field of Holocaust studies over the last twenty-five years. It brings together academics of the eyewitness generation with a new generation of academics, authors, and artists who have challenged the "limits of representation" through their scholarly and cultural practices. These practices span the analogic media of history, literature, and film as well as the nonanalogic world of architecture, digital archives, and geographic information systems. Organized around three interlocking themes--the stakes of narrative, the remediation of the archive, and the politics of exceptionality--the purpose of the book is to investigate the complex question of ethics at the heart of global Holocaust culture and, more broadly, genocide remembrance. Explicitly building upon the debates of the 1990s encapsulated in Probing the Limits of Representation, the present volume probes the ethics of Holocaust culture by focusing on the public memorial cultures, institutional formations, and artifacts of cultural memory and history generated by Holocaust remembrance. The essays in this volume take stock of and critically analyze the practices of representation, the remediation of archives, and the comparative, even relativist, frameworks for confronting (and perhaps unmooring) the uniqueness of the Holocaust.-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 427-495) and index.
Introduction: the field of Holocaust studies and the emergence of a global Holocaust culture / Wulf Kansteiner and Todd Presner -- Part I. The stakes of narrative -- Historical truth, estrangement, and disbelief / Hayden White -- On "historical modernism": a response to Hayden White / Saul Friedländer -- Sense and sensibility: the complicated Holocaust realism of Christopher Browning / Wulf Kansteiner -- A reply to Wulf Kansteiner / Christopher R. Browning -- Scales of postmemory: six of six million / Ann Rigney -- Interview with Daniel Mendelsohn, author of The Lost: a search for six of six million -- The death of the witness; or, The persistence of the differend / Marc Nichanian -- Part II. Remediations of the archive -- The ethics of the algorithm: close and distant listening to the Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive / Todd Presner -- On the ethics of technology and testimony / Stephen D. Smith -- A "spatial turn" in Holocaust Studies? / Claudio Fogu -- Interview with Anne Knowles, Tim Cole, Alberto Giordano, and Paul B. Jaskot, contributing authors of Geographies of the Holocaust -- Freeze-framing: temporality and the archive in Forgács, Hersonski, and Friedländer / Nitzan Lebovic -- Witnessing the archive / Yael Hersonski -- Deconstructivism and the Holocaust: Peter Eisenman's memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe / Gavriel D. Rosenfeld -- Berlin memorial redux / Peter Eisenman -- Part III. The politics of exceptionality -- The Holocaust as genocide: experiential uniqueness and integrated history / Omer Bartov -- Anxieties in Holocaust and Genocide Studies / A. Dirk Moses -- The witness as "world" traveler: multidirectional memory and Holocaust internationalism before human rights / Michael Rothberg -- Fiction and solicitude: ethics and the conditions for survival / Judith Butler -- Catastrophes: afterlives of the exceptionality paradigm in Holocaust Studies / Elisabeth Weber -- Epilogue: Interview with Saul Friedländer.
  • 9780674970519 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
  • 0674970519 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
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