Against the unspeakable: complicity, the Holocaust, and slavery in America

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Concerning Holocaust representation in literature and film, argues that unspeakability is not a thoughtful response to atrocity, horror, trauma, and pain, but rather a way for contemporary culture to avoid responsibility in regard to atrocities of the past. Discusses Spielberg's "Schindler's List", as well as Wiesel's "Night", Spiegelman's "Maus", and Lanzmann's "Shoah". Focuses on the image of the speaking corpse to stress that the suffering body should not be ignored in favor of issues of unspeakability.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCharlottesville
PublisherUniversity of Virginia Press
Number of pages278
ISBN (Print)0813925800, 0813925813, 0813925819, 9780813925806, 9780813925813
StatePublished - 2006

Publication series

NameCultural frames, framing cultures
PublisherUniversity of Virginia Press


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