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Representing the Holocaust: Transgression and the Taboo, 2017/18, Semester 1
Matthew Boswell
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Set texts

Martin Amis, Time's Arrow

D.M. Thomas, The White Hotel

Art Spiegelman, Maus

Liliana Cavani, The Night Porter - Il Portiere di Notte [videorecording]

Edgar Hilsenrath, The Nazi and the Barber

W.G. Sebald, The Emigrants

Ruth Klueger, Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered (also available as Landscapes of Memory)

Jachym Topol,  The Devil's Workshop

Quentin Tarantino, Inglorious Basterds [videorecording]

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Martin Amis

Bernstein, Michael Andre, Foregone Conclusions: Against Apocalyptic History.

McGlothlin, Erin. (2010), ‘Theorizing the Perpetrator in Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader and Martin Amis’s Time’s Arrow’, in R. C. Spargo and R. M. Ehrenreich (eds), After Representation?: The Holocaust, Literature, and Culture. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  

Parry, Ann. (1999), 'The Caesura of the Holocaust in Martin Amis's Time's Arrow and Bernard Schlink's The Reader ', in Journal of European Studies., September 1999, Volume 29 Part 3, pp. 249-267.

Vice, Sue,  Holocaust Fiction 

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D.M. Thomas 

Adams, Jenni, The Bloomsbury companion to Holocaust literature (London: Bloomsbury, 2014).

Vice, Sue, Holocaust fiction (New York: Routledge, 2000). 

Young, James E., Writing and rewriting the Holocaust : narrative and the consequences of interpretation (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1988).

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Art Spiegelman

Budick, E. M. "Forced Confessions: The Case of Art Spiegelman's Maus." Prooftexts : a journal of Jewish literary history., vol. 21 no. 3, 2001, pp. 379-398

Doherty, Thomas. “Art Spiegelman's Maus: Graphic Art and the Holocaust.” American Literature., vol. 68, no. 1, 1996, pp. 69–84

Levine, M. G. "Necessary Stains: Spiegelman's MAUS and the Bleeding of History." American Imago., vol. 59 no. 3, 2002, pp. 317-341

Young, James E.,‘Chapter 1: Art Spiegelman’s Maus and the After-Images of History’ , in At memory's edge : after-images of the Holocaust in contemporary art and architecture  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

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Liliana Cavani

Avisar, Ilan,  Screening the holocaust : cinema's images of the unimaginable

Friedlander, Saul, Reflections of Nazism : an essay on kitsch and death

Insdorf, Annette, Indelible shadows : film and the Holocaust.

Kerner, Aaron, Film and the Holocaust : new perspectives on dramas, documentaries, and experimental films

Levi, Primo,  The drowned and the saved

Saxton, Libby, Haunted images : film, ethics, testimony and the Holocaust.

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W. G. Sebald

Catling, Jo and Richard Hibbitt, eds. Saturn's moons : W.G. Sebald - a handbook. Legenda: Oxford, 2011.

Denham, Scott D, and Mark R. McCulloh. W.G. Sebald : history, memory, trauma. Berlin: W. de Gruyter, 2006.

Dreyfus, Jean-Marc. Memory, traces and the holocaust in the writings of W.G. Sebald. Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Manchester ; Piscataway, N.J. : Gorgias Press, 2012 

Finch, Helen. Sebald's bachelors : queer resistance and unconforming life. Oxford: Legenda, 2013

Fuchs, Anne, and J J. Long. W.G. Sebald and the writing of history. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2007

Garloff, Katja, ‘The Emigrant as Witness: W. G. Sebald’s Die Ausgewanderten’, German Quarterly, 77 (2004), 76-93

Garloff, K 2006, 'The Task of the Narrator: Moments of Symbolic Investiture in W. G. Sebald's Austerlitz', W.G. Sebald : history, memory, trauma pp. 157-169 Berlin, Germany: de Gruyter

Görner, Rüdiger (ed)  The anatomist of melancholy : essays in memory of W.G. Sebald. München : Iudicium, 2003

Harris, Stefanie, ‘The Return of the Dead: Memory and Photography in W. G. Sebald’s Die Ausgewanderten’, German Quarterly, 74 (2001), 379-91

Hall, Katharina. 'Jewish Memory in Exile: The Relation of W. G. Sebald's Die Ausgewanderten to the Tradition of the Yizkor Books' IN: O'Dochartaigh, Pól (ed.) Jews in German literature since 1945 : German-Jewish literature? Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi; 2000, pp. 153-64 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Long, J. J. and Anne Whitehead. W.G. Sebald : a critical companion. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press, 2006.

Long, J. J.‚ ‘History, Narrative, and Photography in W. G. Sebald’s Die Ausgewanderten ’, The modern language review.. 98.1 (2003), 117-37

McCulloh, Mark R. Understanding W.G. Sebald Columbia, S.C: University of South Carolina Press, 2003.

Osborne, Dora. Traces of trauma in W.G. Sebald and Christoph Ransmayr. Oxford: Legenda, 2013 

Patt, Lise, with Christel Dillbohner (eds) Searching for Sebald : photography after W.G. Sebald Los Angeles, Calif. : Institute of Cultural Inquiry, 2007

Schwartz, Lynne Sharon, ed. The emergence of memory : conversations with W.G. Sebald New York : Seven Stories, 2010

Wilke, Sabine. From Kafka to Sebald : modernism and narrative form. London: Continuum, 2012. 

Zisselsberger, Markus (ed). The undiscover'd country : W.G. Sebald and the poetics of travel, S.C. : Camden House, 2010.

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Ruth Klüger

Bos PR. German-Jewish literature in the wake of the Holocaust : Grete Weil, Ruth Klüger, and the politics of address. New York: Palgrave Macmillan; 2005.

Costello LA. Performative Auto/biography in Ruth Klüger's Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered. A/b: Auto/biography studies. 2011;26(2):238-64.

Duttlinger C. The Ethics of Curiosity: Ruth Klüger, weiter leben. Oxford German studies. 2009;38(2):218-32.

Minden M. Dichtung and weiter leben: Ruth Klüger's Autobiography as Literature. The modern language review.. 2016;111(1):162-82.

Rothberg M. Between the Extreme and the Everyday: Ruth Klüger's Traumatic Realism. A/b: Auto/biography studies. 1999;14(1):93-107.  

Schaumann C. From weiter leben (1992) to Still Alive (2001): Ruth Klüger's Cultural Translation of Her "German Book" for an American Audience1. German Quarterly. 2004;77(3):324

Schulte-Sasse L. Living on" in the American Press: Ruth Kluger's "Still Alive" and Its Challenge to a Cherished Holocaust Paradigm. German Studies Review. 2004;27(3):469-75.

Smale C. Ungeloste Gespenster? Ghosts in Ruth Klugers Autobiographical Project. The modern language review. 2009;104(3):777-89.

Taberner S. Aging and old-age style in Gunter Grass, Ruth Klüger, Christa Wolf, and Martin Walser : the mannerism of a late period. Rochester, New York: Camden House; 2013.

Woods R. RUTH KLÜGER, AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND REMEMBERING THE HOLOCAUST. German life and letters.. 2013;66(2):173-86.

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Edgar Hilsenrath

Arnds, P 2002, 'On the Awful German Fairy Tale: Breaking Taboos in Representations of Nazi Euthanasia and the Holocaust in Günter Grass's Die Blechtrommel, Edgar Hilsenrath's Der Nazi & der Friseur, and Anselm Kiefer's Visual Art', German Quarterly, 75, 4, pp. 422-439

Klocke, A 2008, 'Subverting Satire: Edgar Hilsenrath's Novel Der Nazi und der Friseur and Charlie Chaplin's Film The Great Dictator', Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 22, 3, pp. 497-513

McGlothlin, E 2007, 'Narrative Transgression in Edgar Hilsenrath's Der Nazi und der Friseur and the Rhetoric of the Sacred in Holocaust Discourse', German Quarterly, 80, 2, pp. 220-239

McGlothlin, E 2014, 'Narrative Perspective and the Holocaust Perpetrator: Edgar Hilsenrath's The Nazi and the Barber and Jonathan Littell's The Kindly Ones', The Bloomsbury companion to Holocaust literature pp. 159-177 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Taylor, J 1995, 'Writing as Revenge: Reading Edgar Hilsenrath's Der Nazi und der Friseur as a Shoah Survivor's Fantasy', History of European ideas., 20, 1-3, pp. 439-444 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

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Jachym Topol

Arnold-de-Simine, Silke (2012) Memory museum and museum text: intermediality in Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum and W.G. Sebald’s ‘Austerlitz’.Theory, culture & society. 29 (1), pp. 14-35

Tim Cole, Introduction to Selling the Holocaust : from Auschwitz to Schindler : how history is bought, packaged, and sold (2000). Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  

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Quentin Tarantino

Boswell, Matthew, Holocaust impiety in literature, popular music and film

Macaulay, Scott, ‘A Night at the Movie’s’: Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds ’,

Taylor, Ella, ‘Quentin Tarantino: the Inglourious Basterds Interview’,

Weston Sabo, Lee, ‘“Do You Find Me Sadistic”: Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds 2’,

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General Reading

Adams, Jenni, The Bloomsbury Companion to Holocaust Literature (London: Bloomsbury, 2014).

Adorno, Theodor, 'Cultural Criticism and Society' in Prisms, trans. Samuel and Shierry Weber (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1997), pp. 17-34. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  

Agamben, Giorgio, Remnants of Auschwitz: The Witness and the Archive, trans. Daniel Heller-Roazen (New York: Zone Books, 1999). 

Amery, Jean, 'Resentments', in At the Mind's Limits: Contemplations by a Survivor on Auschwitz and its Realities (London: Granta, 1999), pp. 62-71.  

Banner G, 1956. Holocaust literature : Schulz, Levi, Spiegelman and the memory of the offence. London, Portland, Or: Vallentine Mitchell; 2000. 

Bigsby, Christopher. Remembering and imagining the Holocaust : the chain of memory. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2006. 

Boswell, Matthew, Introduction to Holocaust Impiety in Literature, Popular Music and Film (New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan; 2012).  

Crownshaw, Richard. The Afterlife of Holocaust Memory in Contemporary Literature and Culture. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 

Des Pres, Terrence, 'Holocaust Laughter' in Lang, Berel, ed., Writing and the Holocaust ISBN: 0841911851 (alk. paper : pbk); 0841911843 (alk. paper : hard) (New York and London: Holmes and Meier, 1988), pp. 216-233. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (SRJ 06/10/2017)   

Eaglestone, Robert, The Holocaust and the postmodern. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2004.

Eaglestone, Robert and Langford, Barry, Higher Education Academy (Great Britain). English Subject Centre. Teaching Holocaust literature and film [electronic resource]. 2008.

Ezrahi, Sidra DeKoven. By words alone : the Holocaust in literature. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980. 

Felman, Shoshana, and Dori Laub. Testimony : crises of witnessing in literature, psychoanalysis, and history. New York: Routledge, 1992. 

Friedländer, Saul, ed.,  Probing the Limits of Representation: Nazism and the "Final Solution" Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992. 

Friedländer, Saul, Introduction to Reflections of Nazism : an essay on kitsch and death ISBN: 0253208467 (alk. paper) (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994), pp.11-22. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (SRJ 06/10/2017)   

Guyer, Sara. Romanticism after Auschwitz. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2007.

Hirsch, Marianne. The Generation of postmemory : writing and visual culture after the Holocaust. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012. 

Hofmann G, 1958. German and European poetics after the Holocaust : crisis and creativity. Rochester, N.Y: Camden House; 2011.

Hungerford, Amy. The holocaust of texts : genocide, literature, and personification. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. 

Kaplan, Brett Ashley. Unwanted beauty : aesthetic pleasure in Holocaust representation. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2007. 

Kaplan, Brett Ashley. Landscapes of Holocaust postmemory. New York: Routledge, 2011.

Kluger R. The Future of Holocaust Literature: German Studies Association 2013 Banquet Speech. German Studies Review. 2014;37(2):391.

Lang, Berel. Holocaust representation : art within the limits of history and ethics. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000. 

LaCapra, Dominick. Writing history, writing trauma. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.

Langer, Lawrence. Holocaust testimonies : the ruins of memory. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1991. 

Langer, Lawrence L. The holocaust and the literary imagination. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1975. 

Lanzmann, Claude, 'From the Holocaust to "Holocaust"', in Liebman, Stuart, ed., Claude Lanzmann's Shoah : key essays ISBN: 0195188640 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780195188639 (cloth : alk. paper); 0195188632 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780195188646 (pbk. : alk. paper). Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 27-36. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  

Lanzmann, Claude, 'Hier ist kein Warum', in Liebman, Stuart, ed., Claude Lanzmann's Shoah : key essays ISBN: 0195188640 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780195188639 (cloth : alk. paper); 0195188632 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780195188646 (pbk. : alk. paper)Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 51-51. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  

Levi, Neil, and Michael Rothberg, eds. The Holocaust : theoretical readings. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2003.

Levi, Primo, 'The Grey Zone', in The drowned and the saved ISBN: 0349100470 (pbk). London: Abacus, 1988, pp. 22-51. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  

Levine, Michael G. The belated witness : literature, testimony, and the question of Holocaust survival. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2006. 

Lifton, Robert Jay, Introduction and Afterword to The Nazi doctors : medical killing and the psychology of genocide (Basic Books, 2000), pp. 3-18 and pp. 501-504. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva   

McGlothlin EH. Second-generation Holocaust literature : legacies of survival and perpetration. Rochester, NY: Camden House; 2006.

Miller Budick, Emily. The subject of Holocaust fiction. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015. 

Rosen, Alan, ed. Literature of the Holocaust. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Rosenfeld, Alvin H. A double dying : reflections on Holocaust literature. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1980. 

Rothberg M. Traumatic realism : the demands of Holocaust representation. London;Minneapolis;: University of Minnesota Press; 2000.

Rothberg, Michael. Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2009. 

Rowland, Antony. Holocaust poetry : awkward poetics in the work of Sylvia Plath, Geoffrey Hill, Tony Harrison and Ted Hughes. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2005. 

Rowland, Antony. Poetry as testimony : witnessing and memory in twentieth-century poems. New York: Routledge, 2014. 

Sanyal, Debarati. Memory and complicity: migrations of Holocaust remembrance. New York: Fordham University Press, 2015.

Sicher, Efraim. The Holocaust novel. New York: Routledge, 2005. 

Silverman, Max. Palimpsestic memory : the Holocaust and colonialism in French and francophone fiction and film. New York: Berghahn, 2013.

Vice, Sue. Holocaust fiction. New York: Routledge, 2000. 

Waxman, Zoe. Writing the Holocaust : identity, testimony, representation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. 

Wiesel, Elie. “The Holocaust as Literary Inspiration.” In Dimensions of the Holocaust : lectures at Northwestern University. By Elie Wiesel, 5–19. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2011. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  

Young, James E. Writing and rewriting the Holocaust : narrative and the consequences of interpretation. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1988.

This list was last updated on 27/09/2017