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After Testimony: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Holocaust Narrative for the Future collects sixteen essays written with the awareness that we are on the verge of a historical shift in our relation to the Third Reich’s programmatic genocide. Soon there will be no living survivors of the Holocaust, and therefore people not directly connected to the event must assume the full responsibility for representing it. The contributors believe that this shift has broad consequences for narratives of the Holocaust. By virtue of being “after” the accounts of survivors, storytellers must find their own ways of coming to terms with the historical reality that those testimonies have tried to communicate. The ethical and aesthetic dimensions of these stories will be especially crucial to their effectiveness. Guided by these principles and employing the tools of contemporary narrative theory, the contributors analyze a wide range of Holocaust narratives—fictional and nonfictional, literary and filmic—for the dual purpose of offering fresh insights and identifying issues and strategies likely to be significant in the future. In addition to the editors, the contributors are Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan, Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi, Anniken Greve, Jeremy Hawthorn, Marianne Hirsch, Irene Kacandes, Phillipe Mesnard, J. Hillis Miller, Michael Rothberg, Beatrice Sandberg, Anette H. Storeide, Anne Thelle, and Janet Walker.

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  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Illustrations
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction: "After" Testimony - Holocaust Representation and Narrative Theory
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. Part I. The Powers and Limits of Fiction
  1. Chapter 1. Imre Kertész’s Fatelessness
  2. pp. 23-51
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  1. Chapter 2. Challenges for the Successor Generations of German–Jewish Authors in Germany
  2. pp. 52-76
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  1. Chapter 3. Recent Literature Confronting the Past
  2. pp. 77-98
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  1. Chapter 4. Performing a Perpetrator as Witness
  2. pp. 99-119
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  1. Chapter 5. The Ethics and Aesthetics of Backward Narration in Martin Amis’s Time’s Arrow
  2. pp. 120-139
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  1. Part II. Intersections/Border Crossings
  1. Chapter 6. The Face-to-Face Encounter in Holocaust Narrative
  2. pp. 143-161
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  1. Chapter 7. Knowing Little, Adding Nothing
  2. pp. 162-178
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  1. Chapter 8. “When facts are scarce”
  2. pp. 179-197
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  1. Chapter 9. Objects of Return
  2. pp. 198-220
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  1. Chapter 10. Narrative, Memory, and Visual Image
  2. pp. 221-246
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  1. Chaoter 11. Which Narrative of Auschwitz?
  2. pp. 247-268
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  1. Chapter 12. Moving Testimonies
  2. pp. 269-288
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  1. Part III. The Holocaust and Others
  1. Chapter 13. From Auschwitz to the Temple Mount
  2. pp. 291-313
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  1. Chapter 14. The Melancholy Generation
  2. pp. 314-330
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  1. Chapter 15. Fractured Relations
  2. pp. 331-349
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  1. Chapter 16. Hiroshima and the Holocaust
  2. pp. 350-367
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 369-372
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 373-380
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