Ethics, Art, and Representations of the Holocaust

Ethics, Art, and Representations of the Holocaust : Essays in Honor of Berel Lang

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In honor of Berel Lang's five decades of scholarly and philosophical contributions, the editors of Ethics, Art and Representations of the Holocaust invited seventeen eminent scholars from around the world to discuss Lang's impact on their own research and to reflect on how the Nazi genocide continues to resonate in contemporary debates about antisemitism, commemoration and poetic representations. Resisting what Alvin Rosenfeld warned as "the end of the Holocaust", the essays in this collection signal the Holocaust as an event without closure, of enduring resonance to new generations of scholars of genocide, Jewish studies, and philosophy.
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  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 160.02 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 544.31g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 4 Halftones, black and white
  • 0739181939
  • 9780739181935

Table of contents

Table of contents
Foreword: As It Was (or at least, As It Might Have Been), by Berel Lang
Part I: Art in Theory and Practice
1. Morality and Narrative Unreliability: The Danger of Schlink's Der Vorleser, by Caroline S. Gould
2. Body Double: Portraits, Memory and the Face of Evil, by Shelley Hornstein
3. "Ethik und Aesthetik sind Eins": Poetic Philosophy on Auschwitz, by Sarah Liu
4. Responding to the Holocaust: Fackenheim, Levinas, Cavell, by Michael Morgan
5. Philosophical Fancies: Four Fantastic Fables, by Howard Needler
Part II: The Particular and the Universal: A Narrow Bridge
6. "On a 'Nietzschean' Dispute between Ahad Ha'am and Berdichevski, by Jacob Golomb
7. Each of Us a Nation: Rethinking Nationalisms, by Bert Nepaulsingh
8. Anti-apartheid exile: South African Jewish activists in Britain, 1948-1989, by Susan Dabney Pennybacker
9. Speaking a Word for Nature: Thoreau's Philosophical Saunter, by Gary Shapiro
10. Nietzsche, half a Nazi? A Response to Crane Brinton, by Weaver Santaniello
11. Utopia Revisited, and Discarded: Post-Metaphoric Reflections on Israel, by Steven J. Zipperstein
Part III: The Holocaust in History and Representation
12. Memory, Conscience, and the Moral Weight of Holocaust Representation, by Victoria Aarons
13. Vacating the homogeneity of the Socio-political: Sylvia Plath and the disruption of `confessional poetry', by Michael Mack
14. Daily Life of Polish Women, Dedicated Rescuers of Jews During and After the Second World War, by Joanna Beata Michlic
15. Through the Lens of a Contemporary Historian: The History of the Jewish Police in Kovno Ghetto Written in the Ghetto (1943), by Dalia Ofer
16. The Philosopher's Holocaust, by Elhanan Yakira
17. The representation of death in exhibitions: the case of the State Museum at Majdanek, by Anna Ziebinska-Witek
Appendix I: Berel Lang's Comprehensive Bibliography
About the Contributors
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Review quote

This remarkable collection of fourteen essays, generated by `the Nazi genocide of the Jews,' exceeds expectations at nearly every turn for both its deeply personal voice and its analytic acumen. Taken as a whole, Ethics, Art, and Representations of the Holocaust is global in scope, historically rich and philosophically diverse. It rarely abandons its Jewish perspective on a range of nearly intractable issues and in that respect alone, it is a fitting tribute to Berel Lang. -- David Goldblatt, Denison University
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About Jacob Golomb

Simone Gigliotti is a senior lecturer in the History Programme, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.
Jacob Golomb is Ahad Ha-am Professor of philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the philosophical editor of the Hebrew University Magnes Press.
Caroline Steinberg Gould is Professor of Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, where she established the Classical Studies Program and was instrumental in founding the Jewish Studies Program.
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