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Landscapes of Holocaust Postmemory

1st Edition

By Brett Ashley Kaplan


254 pages

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How do the spaces of the past stay with us through representations—whether literary or photographic? How has the Holocaust registered in our increasingly globally connected consciousness? What does it mean that this European event is often used as an interpretive or representational touchstone for genocides and traumas globally? In this interdisciplinary study, Kaplan asks and attempts to answer these questions by looking at historically and geographically diverse spaces, photographs, and texts concerned with the physical and/or mental landscape of the Holocaust and its transformations from the postwar period to the early twenty-first century. Examining the intersections of landscape, postmemory, and trauma, Kaplan's text offers a significant contribution to our understanding of the spatial, visual, and literary reach of the Holocaust.


"Recommended." -- W. Lagerwey, Elmhurst College, Choice, February 2011

Table of Contents

List of Figures Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction Section One: Burning Landscapes: The Transformation of Hitler’s Holiday Retreat 1: The Obersalzberg 2: Eva’s Cousin 3: Past Present Section Two: Burning Images: Three Photographers Explore Traumatic Landscapes 4: Lee Miller: No Stasis 5: Susan Silas: Helmbrechts walk 6: Collier Schorr: Reenacting Nazis Section Three: Burning Silence: The Uncanny Presence of the Holocaust in the Work of J.M. Coetzee 7: Life & Times 8: Foe 9: Elizabeth Costello and Disgrace Concluding Remarks Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author

Brett Ashley Kaplan is an Associate Professor in the Program in Comparative and World Literature and the Program in Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies

Cultural and media studies are now well-established as important academic disciplines and are inspiring new research into a wide range of pertinent issues. This series presents outstanding research in these subjects, helping to shape the direction of future inquiry.


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Suzanne Richardson, Commissioning Editor for Media, Cultural and Communication Studies
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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Holocaust
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies