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Narrating the Holocaust by Andrea Reiter


Narrating the Holocaust by Andrea Reiter

A literary study of memoirs describing at first hand the horrors of German concentration camps.


In Narrating the Holocaust, Andrea Reiter breaks ground in two ways. First, she focuses on a wide range of testimonies written by survivors, most of which have not been available to a general, English-speaking audience, and which would not be conventionally classified as 'literature
of any sort, and subjects them to literary analysis, rather than dealing with them as historical documents. Second, she classifies these works systematically according to the different

'linguistic devices'
and generic strategies that they employ.

- David Brauner Narrating the Holocaust thus offers considerable insight into texts that are not well known, particularly to English readers. - Adrienne Kertzer, The European Legacy--Sanford Lakoff Narrating the Holocaust is the kind of initiatory work that someone had to write, and for that, we should thank the author...I believe it is important that someone has been willing to treat Holocaust narratives as something other than sacred texts. To construct a means whereby we can develop a rhetorical analysis of non-literary texts establishes a beginning for our understanding these narratives in a context that is more than theological, historical, psychological, or philosophical. As such, this book should prove a welcome addition to the libraries of all students of Holocaust literature. - Michael J. Hoffman, H-Net Reviews, March 2002--Sanford Lakoff H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online

About the Author

Andrea Reiter is a Research Fellow at the School of Modern Languages, Univeristy of Southampton, UK.

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Publication date

1st December 2004


Andrea Reiter

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


320 pages


Literary studies: from c 1900 -

European history



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