Anglo-jewish Women Writing The Holocaust: Displaced Witnesses

Hardcover | September 15, 2008

byPhyllis Lassner

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In its rigorously researched analysis of Anglo-Jewish women writing the Holocaust, this book highlights the necessity of their inclusion in the evolving canon of modern British literature. Addressing the question of why the Holocaust is still being written, this study brings together Kindertransport writers, those of the Second Generation and those writers who have no personal or communal connection to the Holocaust but who have felt compelled to testify to the painful adaptations or betrayals of refugees by the nation which rescued so many.

In her significant critical interpretations of memoirs, plays, poetry and novels, Lassner shows how these writers complicate theories of trauma and memory by using fantasy and the Gothic as a response to silence as well as to the historical and narrative relationship between endangered European Jews and Britain's cultural and political responses to them.

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In its rigorously researched analysis of Anglo-Jewish women writing the Holocaust, this book highlights the necessity of their inclusion in the evolving canon of modern British literature. Addressing the question of why the Holocaust is still being written, this study brings together Kindertransport writers, those of the Second Generat...

PHYLLIS LASSNER teaches Women's Studies, Jewish Studies, and Writing at Northwestern University, Illinois, USA. She is the author of two books on Elizabeth Bowen, British Women Writers of World War II,Colonial Strangers and many articles on interwar and wartime women writers.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.78 × 5.59 × 0.8 inPublished:September 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230202586

ISBN - 13:9780230202580

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Other People's Houses: Remembering the Kindertransport
Karen Gershon: Stranger from the Kindertransport
Dramas of the Kindertransport and its Aftermath
The Transgenerational Haunting of Anne Karpf and Lisa Appignanesi
Elaine Feinstein's Holocaust Imagination
Displaced Testimony: The Dramas of Julia Pascal and Sue Frumin
Afterword
Bibliography
Index

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"Even the sophisticated reader of Holocaust literature will discover new authors and perspectives in Phyllis Lassner's clear-sighted book about the "Kinder." Lassner's steady focus on these "displaced witnesses" allows her to cover all aspects of the shared yet variegated fate of the "Kindertransport" refugees viewed mainly through their own historical or imaginative accounts. She conveys to us their creative if troubled consciousness, in particular their irresolute and largely unresolved integration into Britishness. I welcome this fine and intensely thoughtful book about a segment of Anglo-Jewish women's writing that should be better known."- Geoffrey Hartman, Yale University  "Focusing on Anglo-Jewish Women writers, this book enhances our understanding of the impact of the Holocaust - of trauma - across generations and cultures. This book is a fundamental study: it is an important contribution to an emerging field. The discussion of the afterlife of trauma elucidates our understanding of a psychic, social, cultural, and generational experience, in the context of the writing and witnessing experience of a crucial group. It is also a profound study in what it means to listen, to hear, and to shape the future of a cross-cultural trauma." - Murray Baumgarten, University of California Santa Cruz "[Lassner] achieves her goal of revealing shared patterns of representation and interpretation in these courageous and painful books." —Elizabeth R. Baer, Gustavus Adolphus College