Untimely Childhood in Literary Holocaust Memoirs and Novels for the Young

in European Judaism
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An investigation of discursive characteristics of the child figure shows how they enter into a specific interaction with the conceptualization of the Holocaust. This contribution particularly analyzes manifestations of discontinuous temporality which has been associated both with childhood in various influential literary and philosophical discourses of Modernity and with the literary enactment of the historical reality of the Holocaust. The concentrationist universe and the place of childhood are conceptualized as standing outside linear chronology, though in diverging forms and with different implications. These two discourses mutually influence and change each other, thereby shifting the boundaries of what is deemed to be irrepresentable in Holocaust writing with the eye and the voice of the child.

European Judaism

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