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The Conflagration of CommunityFiction before and after Auschwitz$
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J. Hillis Miller

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226527215

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226527239.001.0001

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Prologue: Community in Fiction after Auschwitz

Prologue: Community in Fiction after Auschwitz

(p.149) Prologue: Community in Fiction after Auschwitz
The Conflagration of Community

J. Hillis Miller

University of Chicago Press

This Prologue outlines and gives overview of the chapters following. A certian amount of anxiety comes from this study of Holocaust literature, and this analysis might be destined for failure. Concerns relate to the size of the task of examining the enormous body of primary and secondary Holocaust literature. Can something new be said on the subject? Another concern relates to the nature of testimony and witnessing. How important is it to have witnessed? The next few chapters examine amongst other things Jean-Luc Nancy’s “Forbidden Representation” and Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved.

Keywords:   Holocaust literature, secondary literature, testimony, witnessing, Jean-Luc Nancy, Forbidden Representation, Toni Morrison, Beloved

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