Witnessing the past from the postmodern present : intertextuality in Nicole Krauss's The History of Love and Anne Michaels's Fugitive Pieces
Workman, Sarah R.
Thesis (M.A.)--Georgetown University, 2010.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. While third-generation Jewish American Holocaust writers do not have the privilege of direct memory of the event, the Holocaust persists in shaping the contemporary literary imagination. Through their texts, writers of the first and second generations often expressed the tension between fictional imagination and historical truth. However, writers Nicole Krauss and Anne Michaels integrate Holocaust narratives into larger frames, or, paradoxically, position stories of Holocaust trauma among competeing narratives. While contemporary Holocaust writers remain accountable to first-generation testimony, they recontextualize tensions of past Holocaust writing as they foreground complex intertextual relationships. The aim of this project is to understand how intertextuality shapes the interpolation of Holocaust and non-Holocaust history, and in turn, how this blurring of histories determines a new ethical dilemma for the contemporary reader.
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