The Historical Uncanny: Disability, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Holocaust Memory by Susanne C. KnittelThe Historical Uncanny: Disability, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Holocaust Memory by Susanne C. Knittel

The Historical Uncanny: Disability, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Holocaust Memory

bySusanne C. Knittel

Hardcover | December 15, 2014

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The Historical Uncanny explores how certain memories become inscribed into the heritage of a country or region while others are suppressed or forgotten. In response to the erasure of historical memories that discomfit a public's self-understanding, this book proposes the historical uncanny as that which resists reification precisely because it cannot be assimilated to dominant discourses of commemoration.

Focusing on the problems of representation and reception, the book explores memorials for two marginalized aspects of Holocaust: the Nazi euthanasia program directed against the mentally ill and disabled and the Fascist persecution of Slovenes, Croats, and Jews in and around Trieste. Reading these memorials together with literary and artistic texts, Knittel redefines "sites of memory" as assemblages of cultural artifacts and discourses that accumulate over time; they emerge as a physical and a cultural space that is continually redefined, rewritten, and re-presented.

In bringing perspectives from disability studies and postcolonialism to the question of memory, Knittel unsettles our understanding of the Holocaust and its place in the culture of contemporary Europe.

Susanne C. Knittel is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
Title:The Historical Uncanny: Disability, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Holocaust MemoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:364 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.1 inPublished:December 15, 2014Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823262782

ISBN - 13:9780823262786


Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsDedicationIntroductionPart I1. Remembering Euthanasia: Grafeneck and the Struggle for Memory2. Bridging the Silence, Part I: The Disabled Enabler3. Bridging the Silence, Part II: The Vicarious WitnessIntermezzo4. Lethal Trajectories: Perpetrators from Grafeneck to the RisieraPart II5. Black Holes and Revelations: The Risiera, the Foibe, and the Making of an "Italian Tragedy"6. A Severed Branch: The Memory of Fascism on Stage and Screen7. Bridging the Silence, Part III: Trieste and the Language of BelongingConclusionBibliography

Editorial Reviews

Knittel's book is a significant contribution to disability studies and memory studies, both of which have hitherto paid little interest to the historical trajectory of the international eugenics movement, its ideological influence on the Nazi euthanasia program, the silenced victims, and their marginalized memories... While articulating the issues in hegemonic representations of memory, The Historical Uncanny becomes a space of an alternative form of justice to those who have been wronged, so long silenced, and deliberately forgotten.