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Third-Generation Holocaust Representation
Victoria Aarons and Alan L. Berger show that Holocaust literary representation has continued to flourish well into the twenty-first century—gaining increased momentum even as its perspective shifts, as a third generation adds its voice to the chorus of post-Holocaust writers. In negotiating the complex thematic imperatives and narrative conceits of the literature of third-generation writers, this bold new work examines those structures, tropes, patterns, ironies, disjunctions, and overall tensions that produce a literature that laments unrecoverable loss for a generation removed spatially and temporally from the extended trauma of the Holocaust. Aarons and Berger address evolving notions of “postmemory”; the intergenerational and ongoing transmission of trauma; issues of Jewish cultural identity; inherited memory; the psychological tensions of post-Holocaust Jewish identity; the characteristic tropes of memory and the personalized narrative voice; issues of generational dislocation and anxiety; the recurrent antagonisms of assimilation and historical alienation; the imaginative re-creation and reconstruction of the past; and the future of Holocaust memory and representation.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Chapter 1. On the Periphery: The “Tangled Roots” of Holocaust Remembrance for the Third Generation
  2. pp. 3-40
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  1. Chapter 2. The Intergenerational Transmission of Memory and Trauma: From Survivor Writing to Post-Holocaust Representation
  2. pp. 41-66
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  1. Chapter 3. Third-Generation Memoirs: Metonymy and Representation in Daniel Mendelsohn’s The Lost
  2. pp. 67-106
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  1. Chapter 4. Trauma and Tradition: Changing Classical Paradigms in Third-Generation Novelists
  2. pp. 107-146
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  1. Chapter 5. Nicole Krauss: Inheriting the Burden of Holocaust Trauma
  2. pp. 147-170
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  1. Chapter 6. Refugee Writers and Holocaust Trauma
  2. pp. 171-196
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  1. Chapter 7. “There Were Times When It Was Possible to Weigh Suffering”: Julie Orringer’s The Invisible Bridge and the Extended Trauma of the Holocaust
  2. pp. 197-230
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 231-244
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 245-254
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 255-263
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