- After the war, Holocaust survivors struggled to recount their experience that remained outside the boundaries of words. How could Auschwitz be described, when common vocabulary did not fit the horror that constituted the apocalyptic world of the Nazi camps?"Charlotte Delbo: une écriture du silence," focuses on the twentieth-century writer Charlotte Delbo, whose experience as a World War II French resister and Nazi camp survivor inspired her writing of Auschwitz et Après . In it I explore the correlation between Delbo's rhetorical silences and the silences faced by deportees in Auschwitz: spatial silence, verbal silence, visual silence, the silence of death, and the silence of collective memory. Paradoxically, Delbo uses silence to create a language. With that language, she relates her experience at Auschwitz-Birkenau by portraying the camp's unthinkable horror and uncovering historical truths that were suppressed for many years. Delbo neither destroys nor refuses the literary codes used before the Holocaust but rather re-actualizes them, engaging her reader in the comprehension and interpretation of her text. By creating a particular system of signs, Delbo uses silence to carry the word of those who did not survive. Her technique does not reveal the defeat but rather the triumph of language in the face of the Holocaust.
- Brunetaux, Audrey.
Thesis (Ph. D.)--Michigan State University, 2008.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 256-262).
Photocopy. Ann Arbor, Mich. : UMI Dissertation Services. 22 cm.
Thesis in French; abstracts in English and French.
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