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Speaking the unspeakable in postwar Germany : toward a public discourse on the Holocaust / Sonja Boos.

Publication | Not Digitized | Library Call Number: D804.3 .B66 2014 c. 1

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    "An interdisciplinary study of a diverse set of public speeches given by major literary and cultural figures in the 1950s and 1960s. Through close readings of canonical speeches by Hannah Arendt, Theodor W. Adorno, Ingeborg Bachmann, Martin Buber, Paul Celan, Uwe Johnson, Peter Szondi, and Peter Weiss, Sonja Boos demonstrates that these speakers both facilitated and subverted the construction of a public discourse about the Holocaust in postwar West Germany. The author's analysis of original audio recordings of the speech events (several of which will be available on a companion website) improves our understanding of the spoken, performative dimension of public speeches. While emphasizing the social constructedness of discourse, experience, and identity, Boos does not neglect the pragmatic conditions of aesthetic and intellectual production--most notably, the felt need to respond to the breach in tradition caused by the Holocaust. The book thereby illuminates the process by which a set of writers and intellectuals, instead of trying to mend what they perceived as a radical break in historical continuity or corroborating the myth of a "new beginning, " searched for ways to make this historical rupture rhetorically and semantically discernible and literally audible"-- Publisher's Web site.
    Series
    Signale : modern German letters, cultures, and thought
    Signale (Ithaca, N.Y.)
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Boos, Sonja, 1972- author.
    Published
    Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press : Cornell University Library, 2014
    ©2014
    Locale
    Germany (West)
    Contents
    Introduction : an Archimedean podium
    Martin Buber
    Paul Celan
    Ingeborg Bachmann
    Hannah Arendt
    Uwe Johnson
    Peter Szondi
    Peter Weiss
    Conclusion : speaking of the noose in the country of the hangman (Theodor W. Adorno).
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-224) and index.
    Introduction : an Archimedean podium -- Martin Buber -- Paul Celan -- Ingeborg Bachmann -- Hannah Arendt -- Uwe Johnson -- Peter Szondi -- Peter Weiss -- Conclusion : speaking of the noose in the country of the hangman (Theodor W. Adorno).

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    ISBN
    9780801453601
    0801453607 (cloth : alk. paper)
    9780801479632 (pbk. : alk. paper)
    0801479630 (pbk. : alk. paper)
    Physical Description
    x, 229 pages ; 24 cm.

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