Cloth $67.00 ISBN: 9780226676104 Published November 2003
Paper $32.00 ISBN: 9780226676111 Published November 2003

Catastrophe and Meaning

The Holocaust and the Twentieth Century

Edited by Moishe Postone and Eric Santner

Catastrophe and Meaning
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Edited by Moishe Postone and Eric Santner

280 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2003
Cloth $67.00 ISBN: 9780226676104 Published November 2003
Paper $32.00 ISBN: 9780226676111 Published November 2003
How should we understand the relation of the Holocaust to the broader historical processes of the century just ended? How do we explain the bearing of the Holocaust on problems of representation, memory, memorialization, and historical practice? These are some of the questions explored by an esteemed group of scholars in Catastrophe and Meaning, the most significant multiauthored book on the Holocaust in over a decade.

This collection features essays that consider the role of anti-Semitism in the recounting of the Holocaust; the place of the catastrophe in the narrative of twentieth-century history; the questions of agency and victimhood that the Holocaust inspires; the afterlife of trauma in literature written about the tragedy; and the gaps in remembrance and comprehension that normal historical works fail to notice.
Contributors:
Omer Bartov, Dan Diner, Debòrah Dwork, Saul Friedländer, Geoffrey Hartman, Dominick LaCapra, Paul Mendes-Flohr, Anson Rabinbach, Frank Trommler, Shulamit Volkov, Froma Zeitlin
Contents
Introduction: Catastrophe and Meaning
Moishe Postone and Eric Santner

PART ONE: HISTORY, ANTI-SEMITISM, AND THE HOLOCAUST
1. Ideology and Extermination: The Immediate Origins of the
"Final Solution"
Saul Friedländer
2. Anti-Semitism as Explanation: For and Against
Shulamit Volkov

PART TWO: THE HOLOCAUST AND THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
3. "The Abyss that opened up before us": Thinking about Auschwitz and Modernity
Anson Rabinbach
4. The Destruction of Narrativity: The Holocaust in Historical
Discourse
Dan Diner
5. The Holocaust and the Trajectory of the Twentieth Century
Moishe Postone
PART THREE: ANNIHILATION, VICTIMHOOD, IDENTITY
6. "Fields of Glory": War, Genocide, and the Glorification of
Violence
Omer Bartov
7. Stalingrad, Hiroshima, Auschwitz: The Fading of the
Therapeutic Approach
Frank Trommler
8. Agents, Contexts, Responsibilities: The Massacre at Budy
Debórah Dwork
PART FOUR: TRAUMA AND THE LIMITS OF REPRESENTATION
9. New Soundings in Holocaust Literature: A Surplus of
Memory
Froma Zeitlin
10. Holocaust Testimonies: Attending to the Victim's Voice
Dominick LaCapra
11. Holocaust and Hope
Geoffrey Hartman
12. Lament's Hope
Paul Mendes-Flohr

Acknowledgments
List of Contributors
Index
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