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Proceedings of the Xvth Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association - "Literature As Cultural Memory"

Proceedings of the XVth Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association "Literature As Cultural Memory"

By: Elrud Ibsch (Editor), Douwe W. Fokkema (Editor), Joachim von der Thusen (Editor)

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The traumatic experiences of persecution and genocide have changed traditional views of literature. The discussion of historical truth versus aesthetic autonomy takes an unexpected turn when confronted with the experiences of the victims of the Holocaust, the Gulag Archipelago, the Cultural Revolution, Apartheid and other crimes against humanity. The question is whether - and, if so, to what extent - literary imagination may depart from historical truth. In general, the first reactions to traumatic historical experiences are autobiographical statements, written by witnesses of the events. However, the second and third generations, the sons and daughters of the victims as well as of the victimizers, tend to free themselves from this generic restriction and claim their own way of remembering the history of their parents and grandparents. They explore their own limits of representation, and feel free to use a variety of genres; they turn to either realist or postmodernist, ironic or grotesque modes of writing.

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Prefacep. 5
Writing the Holocaust
The Cultural Uses of the Holocaustp. 11
Aporias of Time: A Rhetorical Figure in the Poetry of Jewish Authors after the Shoahp. 25
At the Edge of Humanity: The Dismissal of Historical Truth in Piotr Rawicz's Novel Le Sang du cielp. 37
Esthetiques de la discretion: Georges Perec et Robert Boberp. 47
Theatre de l'enfermementp. 55
Testimony of a Persecuted Romanist: On Victor Klemperer's Diariesp. 63
Les Ecrits des prisonniers politiquesp. 79
Le Roi des Aulnes ou le jeu dangereuxp. 87
Cultural Dormancy and Collective Memory from the Book of Genesis to Aharon Appelfeldp. 101
Memoires romanesques de la Shoahp. 117
Embarrassing Problems Connected with Polish Concentration Camp Literaturep. 133
Parting from Communism
Stafinism versus European Cultural Memory in the Poetry of Osip Mandel'stamp. 145
Against Silence: The Cultural Revolution and Literary Memoryp. 163
Fears, Phobias and Hopes in the Dream-Books of Polish, Czech and Slovak Dissidents prior to 1989p. 183
Visiteurs au village Potemkinep. 193
Caryl Churchill's Med Forest: Reconstructing Cultural Memoryp. 201
'Prague Spring' and the Novels of Milan Kunderap. 215
Document of anti-utopie dans la litterature roumaine des anciens detenus politiquesp. 223
Perpetual Crisis? Literature and Historical Change: Romanian Literature after the Fall of Communismp. 239
Reflecting Apartheid
Telling the 'Truth': Collective Memory of South Africa's Apartheid Heritage in Oral Testimony and Fictional Narrativep. 249
Historical Trauma and the Desire for Absolution: Saying On the Contrary to the Commissioning of Truthp. 265
Theatre and the Struggle of Memory against Forgetting in Latin America and South Africap. 283
Buldozer: The Edifices of the Social Engineering of Group Areas Apartheid in South African Afrikaans Literaturep. 295
Marginalized Early South African Testimonies: "//Kabbo's Intended Return Home" (1873) and The Conversion: Death Cell Conversations of 'Rooizak' and the Missionaries - Lydenburg 1875p. 313
Reconsidering Ethnicity
The Genealogy of Violence in African-American Literature: Non-Native Sources of Native Sonp. 325
Tales of Betrayalp. 337
Toni Morrison's Beloved: A Love Storyp. 349
Remembering War and Revolution
Hermann Kesten, Georges Limbour: Visions de l'Apocalypse espagnolep. 363
Pynchon and Oe: Contemporary Conspiracles and World War IIp. 375
Writing War: The Bosnian Conflict in Spanish Literaturep. 383
Reverberations of the Battle of Kosovo: The Mountain Wreath and Ethnic Cleansingp. 393
Unfinished History: The French Revolution as Subtext in Holderlin's Tod des Empedoklesp. 415
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ISBN: 9789042004207
ISBN-10: 9042004207
Series: Proceedings of the XVth Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association "Literature As Cultural Memory"
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 423
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 15.24  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.75