By Words Alone

The Holocaust in Literature

Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi

By Words Alone
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Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi

276 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1980
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780226233369 Published March 1982
E-book $7.00 to $25.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226233376 Published October 2008
The creative literature that evolved from the Holocaust constitutes an unprecedented encounter between art and life. Those who wrote about the Holocaust were forced to extend the limits of their imaginations to encompass unspeakably violent extremes of human behavior. The result, as Ezrahi shows in By Words Alone, is a body of literature that transcends national and cultural boundaries and shares a spectrum of attitudes toward the concentration camps and the world beyond, toward the past and the future.
Foreword by Alfred Kazin
1. Introduction
2. Documentation as Art
3. "Concentrationary Realism" and the Landscape of Death
4. Literature of Survival
5. The Holocaust as a Jewish Tragedy 1: The Legacy of Lamentations
6. The Holocaust as a Jewish Tragedy 2: The Covenantal Context
7. The Holocaust Mythologized
8. History Imagined: The Holocaust in American Literature
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