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Criticism of Holocaust literature is an emerging field of inquiry, and as might be expected, the most innovative work has been concentrated on the vanguard of European and Israeli Holocaust literature. Now that American fiction has amassed an impressive and provocative Holocaust canon, the time is propitious for its evaluation. Witness Through the Imagination presents a critical reading of themes and stylistic strategies of major American Holocaust fiction to determine its capacity to render the prelude, progress, and aftermath of the Holocaust. The unifying critical approach is the textual explication of themes and literary method, occasional comparative references to international Holocaust literature, and a discussion of extra-literary Holocaust sources that have influenced the creative writers' treatment of the Holocaust universe.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication, Epigraph
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 7-11
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. 12
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 13-35
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  1. Chapter One: Scars of Outrage: The Holocaust in The Victim and Mr. Sammler's Planet
  2. pp. 36-62
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  1. Chapter Two: From Buchenwald to Harlem: The Holocaust Universe of The Pawnbroker
  2. pp. 63-80
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  1. Chapter Three: Seekers and Survivors: The Holocaust-Haunted Fiction of Bernard Malamud
  2. pp. 81-102
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  1. Chapter Four: Chaim Rumkowski and the Lodz Ghetto in Leslie Epstein's King of the Jews
  2. pp. 103-141
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  1. Chapter Five: The Trial of the Damned: Richard Elman's Holocaust Trilogy
  2. pp. 142-180
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  1. Chapter Six: Kaddish and Resurrection: Isaac Bashevis Singer's Holocaust Memorial
  2. pp. 181-217
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  1. Chapter Seven: The Dybbuk of All the Lost Dead: Cynthia Ozick's Holocaust Fiction
  2. pp. 218-278
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  1. Chapter Eight: Eternal Faith, Eternal People: The Holocaust and Redemption in Arthur A. Cohen's In the Days of Simon Stern
  2. pp. 279-299
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  1. Chapter Nine: Eternal Light: The Holocaust and the Revival of Judaism and Jewish Civilization in the Fiction of Chaim Potok
  2. pp. 300-323
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  1. Chapter Ten: Nazism on Trial: The Holocaust Fiction of George Steiner
  2. pp. 324-355
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 356-363
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 364-384
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 385-392
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814343944
Related ISBN(s)
9780814343937
MARC Record
OCLC
1059446189
Launched on MUSE
2018-11-16
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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