Disappearing Traces

Disappearing Traces

Holocaust Testimonials, Ethics, and Aesthetics

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In Disappearing Traces, Dorota Glowacka examines the tensions between the ethical and aesthetic imperatives in literary, artistic, and philosophical works about the Holocaust, in a search for new ways to understand the traumatic past and its impact on the present. She engages with the work of leading 20th-century philosophers and theorists, including Levinas, Benjamin, Lyotard, and Derrida, to consider the role of language in the construction and transmission of traumatic memories; the relation between self-identity and the act of bearing witness; and the ethical implications of representing trauma.

Glowacka's work draws on a wide range of discourses and disciplines, bringing into conversation various genres of writing and artistic production. It reveals the need to find innovative idioms and new means of engaging with the past, and to create alliances between different disciplines and modes of representing the past that transform and transcend existing paradigms of representation.



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In Disappearing Traces, Dorota Glowacka examines the tensions between the ethical and aesthetic imperatives in literary, artistic, and philosophical works about the Holocaust, in a search for new ways to understand the traumatic past and its impact on the present. She engages with the work of leading 20th-century philosophers and theorists, including Levinas, Benjamin, Lyotard, and Derrida, to consider the role of language in the construction and transmission of traumatic memories; the relation between self-identity and the act of bearing witness; and the ethical implications of representing trauma.

Glowacka's work draws on a wide range of discourses and disciplines, bringing into conversation various genres of writing and artistic production. It reveals the need to find innovative idioms and new means of engaging with the past, and to create alliances between different disciplines and modes of representing the past that transform and transcend existing paradigms of representation.



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Glowacka (humanities, University of King's College-Halifax) examines 20th-century literary, artistic, and philosophical works treating the Holocaust. Bringing different genres of writing and artistic production into conversation, the author argues that Holocaust testimonials provide a locus where received notions of ethics and aesthetics are continuously contested and transformed. Some specific topics explored include subjectivity as witnessing and the Holocaust narrative, and Holocaust testimonials and the ethics of translation. The book includes b&w historical photos in addition to b&w and color examples of artwork on Holocaust themes. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Seattle :, University of Washington Press,, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780295804156
0295804157
9780295804156
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 275 pages) : illustrations (some color)

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