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Representing perpetrators in Holocaust literature and film.


Representing perpetrators in Holocaust literature and film.

Ed. by Jenni Adams and Sue Vice.

Vallentine Mitchell


292 pages




This collection of essays originated from the September 2010 conference "Representing Perpetrators" at the University of Sheffield and explores ethics and aesthetics of depiction, questions of comprehension and assimilability, contexts of historical violence, nation and postmemory, gender, and voyeurism with aims to simultaneously examine the depiction of Holocaust perpetrators and maintain the unease associated with such examination. Section one focuses on violence, aesthetics, and complicity and discusses the avoidance of evil, reading as violence, and the complicity of women. Section two focuses on representation and understanding with essays discussing the occult, contemporary diaries, and female perpetrators. Section three is concerned with politics, form, and genre with essays examining the Eichmann trial, early post-war British television, and the 2004 film Downfall, a depiction of Hitler's final days. Section four explores memory and context with essays focused on German memorial sites and a selection of literary texts. Each essay includes notes and references. An index is not included. Distributed in the US by ISBS.

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Date:Feb 1, 2013
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