Disappearing Traces: Holocaust Testimonials, Ethics, and Aesthetics

Hardcover | June 14, 2012

byDorota Glowacka

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In Disappearing Traces, Dorota Glowacka examines the tensions between the ethical and aesthetic imperatives in literary, artistic, and philosophical works about the Holocaust, in a search for new ways to understand the traumatic past and its impact on the present. She engages with the work of leading 20th-century philosophers and theorists, including Levinas, Benjamin, Lyotard, and Derrida, to consider the role of language in the construction and transmission of traumatic memories; the relation between self-identity and the act of bearing witness; and the ethical implications of representing trauma.

Glowacka's work draws on a wide range of discourses and disciplines, bringing into conversation various genres of writing and artistic production. It reveals the need to find innovative idioms and new means of engaging with the past, and to create alliances between different disciplines and modes of representing the past that transform and transcend existing paradigms of representation.

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In Disappearing Traces, Dorota Glowacka examines the tensions between the ethical and aesthetic imperatives in literary, artistic, and philosophical works about the Holocaust, in a search for new ways to understand the traumatic past and its impact on the present. She engages with the work of leading 20th-century philosophers and theo...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.21 × 0.87 inPublished:June 14, 2012Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295991682

ISBN - 13:9780295991689

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Disappearing Traces: Holocaust Testimonials between Ethics and Aesthetics

1. "Like an Echo without a Source": Subjectivity as Witnessing and the Holocaust Narrative

2. The Tower of Babel: Holocaust Testimonials and the Ethics of Translation

3. Lending an Ear to the Silence Phrase: Holocaust Writing of the Differend

4. Poethics of Disappearing Traces: Levinas, Literary Testimony, and Holocaust Art

5. "Witnesses against Themselves": Encounters with Daughters of Absence

Epilogue: "To Write Another Book about the Holocaust... "

Notes Works Cited Index

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Dorota Glowacka's impassioned and eloquent dialogue with the philosopher Emmanuel Levinas makes a persuasive case for translating his ethics into a poetics (what she calls poethics) that powerfully illuminates post— Holocaust philosophy, literature, and visual art.

- Karyn Ball, author of Disciplining the Holocaust