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Perpetrators in Holocaust narratives : encountering the Nazi beast / Joanne Pettitt.

Publication | Digitized | Library Call Number: PN56.H55 P48 2017

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    This study provides a comprehensive analysis of representations of Holocaust perpetrators in literature. Such texts, often rather controversially, seek to undo the myth of pure evil that surrounds the Holocaust and to reconstruct the perpetrator in more human ("banal") terms. Following this line of thought, protagonists frequently place emphasis on the contextual or situational factors that led up to the genocide. A significant consequence of this is the impact that it has on the reader, who is thereby drawn into the narrative as a potential perpetrator who could, in similar circumstances, have acted in similar ways. The tensions that this creates, especially in relation to the construction of empathy, constitutes a major focus of this work. Making use of in excess of sixty primary sources, this work explores fictional accounts of Holocaust perpetration as well as Nazi memoirs. It will be of interest to anyone working in the broad areas of Holocaust literature and/or perpetrator studies.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Pettitt, Joanne, author.
    Published
    [Cham, Switzerland] : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]
    ©2017
    Contents
    Introduction
    Part I. On the humanity of Nazis: establishing (un-)commonality with the reader
    Nazis in society
    Subverting connections with the reader
    Drawing the reader into the narrative
    Part II. Between the man and the (Nazi) symbol
    Cogs in the machine: testimonies of Holocaust perpetrators
    Adolf Hitler in fiction and memory
    Returning to the role of the reader.
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references (pages 139-146) and index.
    Introduction -- Part I. On the humanity of Nazis: establishing (un-)commonality with the reader -- Nazis in society -- Subverting connections with the reader -- Drawing the reader into the narrative -- Part II. Between the man and the (Nazi) symbol -- Cogs in the machine: testimonies of Holocaust perpetrators -- Adolf Hitler in fiction and memory -- Returning to the role of the reader.

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    Language
    English
    ISBN
    3319525743
    9783319525747
    Physical Description
    x, 150 pages ; 22 cm

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