Third-Generation Holocaust Representation: Trauma, History, and Memory

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Northwestern University Press

Publication Year:
2017
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Repository URL:
https://digitalcommons.trinity.edu/mono/49
Author(s):
Aarons, Victoria; Berger, Alan L
Publisher(s):
Northwestern University Press
Tags:
Holocaust; memory; trauma; history; third generation; literature; Jewish culture; Arts and Humanities; English Language and Literature
article description
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.