The Lit­er­a­ture of the Holocaust

Alan Rosen
  • From the Publisher
December 23, 2015

This vol­ume fea­tures essays on writ­ing from the peri­od of the Holo­caust (19391945) as well as from its after­math. The essays cov­er a wide geo­graph­ic, lin­guis­tic, the­mat­ic and gener­ic range of rel­e­vant mate­r­i­al. Such a vol­ume is war­rant­ed for sev­er­al rea­sons. First, at the present junc­ture, the cor­pus of Holo­caust lit­er­a­ture has grown to immense pro­por­tions (indeed, it was for­mi­da­ble even dur­ing the war peri­od). Stu­dents and teach­ers seek guid­ance in deter­min­ing a canon of essen­tial read­ings, a con­text to inter­pret them, and a par­a­digm for the evo­lu­tion of writ­ing on the Holo­caust. Sec­ond, many read­ers lack the skills to nego­ti­ate the writ­ings in the orig­i­nal lan­guages, and need help in under­stand­ing how lan­guage (espe­cial­ly but not only Yid­dish and Hebrew) is impor­tant to the lit­er­ary response.

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