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The Conflagration of Community: Fiction before and after Auschwitz

J. Hillis Miller


“After Auschwitz to write even a single poem is barbaric.” This book challenges Theodor Adorno’s famous statement about aesthetic production after the Holocaust, arguing for the possibility of literature to bear witness to extreme collective and personal experiences. It considers how novels about the Holocaust relate to fictions written before and after it, and uses theories of community from Jean-Luc Nancy and Jacques Derrida to explore the dissolution of community bonds in its wake. The chapter juxtaposes readings of books about the Holocaust—Keneally’s Schindler’s List, McEwan’s Black Dogs, ... More

Keywords: Theodor Adorno, aesthetic production, Holocaust, theories of community, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Derrida, community bonds, Schindler’s List, Black Dogs, Maus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226527215
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226527239.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Hillis Miller, author