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The Holocaust

Theoretical Readings

Edited by Neil Levi, Michael Rothberg

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The first anthology to address the relationship between the events of the Nazi genocide and the intellectual concerns of contemporary literary and cultural theory in one substantial and indispensable volume.

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The Holocaust: Theoretical Readings
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About this Book
Neil Levi and Michael Rothberg, General Introduction: Theory and the Holocaust
I. Theory and Experience
1. Primo Levi, The Drowned and the Saved
2. Jean Améry, Resentments
3. Charlotte Delbo, Days and Memory
4. Ruth Kluger, The Camps
II. Historicizing the Holocaust?
5. Jürgen Habermas, On the Public Use of History
6. Saul Friedlander, The 'Final Solution': On the Unease in Historical Representation
7. Dan Diner, Historical Understanding and Counterrationality: The Judenrat as Epistemological Vantage
8. Zygmunt Bauman, The Uniqueness and Normality of the Holocaust
9. Omer Bartov, The European Imagination in the Age of Total War
10. Henry Friedlander, The Origins of Nazi Genocide
III. Nazi Culture, Fascism, and Antisemitism
11. Kenneth Burke, The Rhetoric of Hitler's 'Battle'
12. Georges Bataille, The Psychological Structure of Fascism
13. Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno, Elements of Antisemitism
14. Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, The Fiction of the Political
15. Moishe Postone, Anti-Semitism and National Socialism
16. Christopher Browning, Ordinary Men
IV. Race, Gender, and Genocide
17. Klaus Theweleit, Floods, Bodies, History 18. Gisela Bock, Racism and Sexism in Nazi Germany
19. Joan Ringelheim, The Unethical and the Unspeakable: Women and the Holocaust
20. Pascale Rachel Bos, Women and the Holocaust: Analyzing Gender Difference
V. Psychoanalysis, Trauma, and Memory
21. Cathy Caruth, Trauma and Experience
22. Dominick LaCapra, Trauma, Absence, Loss
23. Saul Friedlander, Trauma and Transference
24. Eric Santner, History Beyond the Pleasure Principle: Some Thoughts on the Representation of Trauma
25. Dori Laub, Bearing Witness or the Vicissitudes of Listening
VI. Questions of Religion, Ethics, and Justice
26. Arthur A. Cohen, Thinking the Tremendum
27. Emil L. Fackenheim, To Mend the World
28. Emmanuel Levinas, Ethics and Spirit
29. Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem
30. Giorgio Agamben, What is a Camp?
31. Jean-François Lyotard, The Differend
32. Gillian Rose, New Political Theology: Out of Holocaust and Liberation
VII. Literature and Culture after Auschwitz
33. Walter Benjamin, Theses on the Philosophy of History
34. Theodor W. Adorno, Cultural Criticism and Society
35. Theodor W. Adorno, Meditations on Metaphysics
36. Irving Howe, Writing and the Holocaust
37. Sigrid Weigel, Non-Philosophical Amazement/Writing in Amazement: Benjamin's Position in the Aftermath of the Holocaust
38. Maurice Blanchot, The Writing of the Disaster
39. Jacques Derrida, Schibboleth
40. Geoffrey Hartman, Language and Culture after the Holocaust
41. Sidra Dekoven Ezrahi, Representing Auschwitz
VIII. Modes of Narration
42. Berel Lang, The Moral Space of Figurative Discourse
43. James E. Young, Writing the Holocaust
44. Hayden White, The Modernist Event
45. Michael A. Bernstein, Against Foreshadowing
46. Lawrence L. Langer, Deep Memory: The Buried Self
47. Shoshana Felman, The Return of the Voice: Claude Lanzmann's Shoah
IX. Rethinking Visual Culture
48. Saul Friedlander, Reflections of Nazism
49. Jean Baudrillard, Holocaust
50. Andreas Huyssen, Anselm Kiefer: the Terror of History, the Temptation of Myth
51. Gertrud Koch, The Aesthetic Transformation of the Image of the Unimaginable: Notes on Claude Lanzmann's Shoah
52. Lilliane Weissberg, In Plain Sight
X. Latecomers: Negative Symbiosis, Postmemory, and Countermemory
53. Henri Raczymov, Memory Shot Through with Holes
54. Marianne Hirsch, Mourning and Postmemory
55. Dan Diner, Negative Symbiosis: Germans and Jews after Auschwitz
56. James E. Young, The Countermonument: Memory Against Itself in Germany
XI. Uniqueness, Comparison, and the Politics of Memory
57. Alan Milchman and Alan Rosenberg, Two Kinds of Uniqueness: The Universal Aspects of the Holocaust
58. Yehuda Bauer, What Was the Holocaust?
59. Paul Gilroy, The Black Atlantic
60. Mahmood Mamdani, Thinking about Genocide
61. Lilian Friedberg, Dare to Compare: Americanizing the Holocaust
62. Peter Novick, The Holocaust in American Life

About the Author

Neil Levi is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Drew University and Sesqui Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of English, Art History, Film and Media at the University of Sydney. He is the author of articles on twentieth-century literature, culture and theory.

Michael Rothberg is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Traumatic Realism: The Demands of Holocaust Representation and numerous articles on twentieth-century literature and theory.


A truly excellent selection of responses to the Holocaust … exceptional in its ability to conjoin efforts at historical analysis with broader critical and theoretical issues.
- Dominick LaCapra, Cornell University
An extremely impressive, wide-ranging and timely reader, and an outstanding resource for teaching and studying the Holocaust.
- Dr Robert Eaglestone, Deputy Director, Research Centre for the Holocaust and Twentieth Century History, Royal Holloway, University of London
A highly intelligent collection of writings … While some of the pieces have already been published elsewhere their juxtaposition […] gives them renewed power and provocativeness. This anthology is a source of information, argument and debate that will sustain readers and students of the subject for years to come.
- Liberal Judaism