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Reading is still life : how my journey to planet Auschwitz taught me the awful irresistible yes / Nina Rochelle Goss.

Publication | Library Call Number: PN56.H55 G67 2004

The kind and degree of destruction characterizing the many events we collect under the term Holocaust may not be described nor understood by the modes of representation and models of meaning we have to hand. This proscription has served as the premise for thousands of texts, films, and other types of artifacts that attempt to justify the proscription by producing what amounts to a description and explanation of the Holocaust. Even the most compelling products of this epistemological disconnect demand the writer alienate himself/herself from his/her project: writing from a commitment to the unspeakable essence of the Holocaust is a normative ethics in this field, and writers conventionally abject themselves to the impossibility of their project and then make an appeal for the special possibilities of their project.I wanted to read and think and write my way to an alternative to this alienation, and the very matter of the reading I did taught me how: reading text after text about the Holocaust becomes a lesson in two Yeses. Yes to the ineluctable and inscrutable imperatives of art and of conscious physical life. The Holocaust reader becomes a thing of these two Yeses; my dissertation is what I had to do to understand this proposition.

Goss, Nina Rochelle.
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