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Holocaust and the Postmodern By Robert Eaglestone Holocaust and the Postmodern The Holocaust and the Postmodern argues that postmodernism especially understood in the light of the work of Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida is a response to the Holocaust This way of thinking
  • Title: Holocaust and the Postmodern
  • Author: Robert Eaglestone
  • ISBN: 9780191532788
  • Page: 458
  • Format: ebook
  • Holocaust and the Postmodern By Robert Eaglestone The Holocaust and the Postmodern argues that postmodernism, especially understood in the light of the work of Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida, is a response to the Holocaust This way of thinking offers new perspectives on Holocaust testimony, literature, historiography, and post Holocaust philosophy While postmodernism is often derided for being either playful and sThe Holocaust and the Postmodern argues that postmodernism, especially understood in the light of the work of Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida, is a response to the Holocaust This way of thinking offers new perspectives on Holocaust testimony, literature, historiography, and post Holocaust philosophy While postmodernism is often derided for being either playful and superficial or obscure and elitist, this book argues and demonstrates its commitment both to the past and to ethics.Dealing with Holocaust testimony, including the work of Primo Levi and Eli Wiesel, with the memoirs of second generation survivors and with recent Holocaust literature, including Anne Michael s Fugitive Pieces, Jonathan Safran Foer s Everything is Illuminated and the false memoir of Benjamin Wilkomirski, Eaglestone argues for a new way of reading both Holocaust testimony and Holocaust fiction Through an exploration of Holocaust historiography, the book offers a new approach to debates over truth and memory Eaglestone argues for the central importance of the Holocaust in understanding the work of Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida, and goes on to explore what the Holocaust means for rationality, ethics, and for the idea of what it is to be human Weaving together theory and practice, testimony, literature, history, philosophy, and Holocaust studies, this interdisciplinary book is the first to explore in detail the significance of the Holocaust for postmodernism, and the significance of postmodernism for understanding the Holocaust.
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    1. Robert Eaglestone

      Robert Eaglestone born 1968 is a British academic and writer He is Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought in the Department of English at Royal Holloway, University of London He works on contemporary literature, literary theory and contemporary European philosophy, and on Holocaust and Genocide studies.His work explores how literature thinks , especially in relation to issues of ethics This was the subject of his first book, Ethical Criticism Reading After Levinas, on literary theory and the philosopher Emmanuel Levinas This focus on ethics broadened to a concern with ethical relationships to the past, centrally the Holocaust, other genocides and atrocities, in The Holocaust and the Postmodern His work draws on memory studies and trauma studies, as well as on the thought of Jacques Derrida and Hannah Arendt.He works widely on contemporary literature, including Salman Rushdie and J M Coetzee and is the author of Contemporary Literature A Very Short Introduction In that book he writes Literature thinks Literature is where ideas are investigated, lived out, explored in all their messy complexity Perhaps think is not the right word think is too limiting a description of the range of what a novel can do with ideas In any event, the way literature thinks is bound up with what it s like to be us, to be human Literature is how we make ourselves intelligible to ourselves And contemporary fiction matters because it is how we work out who we are now, today.He is also concerned with the teaching of literature, and has written the text book Doing English, a Guide for Literature Students edits a series of books introducing major thinkers, Routledge Critical Thinkers, and is a commentator in the national press on literature teaching at school and in Higher Education.He lives in Brixton, London, and has two children.

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