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.
This collection of scholarly essays addresses figurations of Jewishness and childhood in literary texts from a variety of perspectives in literary theory and cultural analysis. Literature appears as one of the revealing instances where these two figurations interact with each other in important ways. Fundamental to the interrelationship between Jewishness and childhood is the endeavour to transmit Jewish culture, history and religion to the children of future generations and to emphasize the latter as both the keepers and renewers of tradition. The contributions aim at illuminating both the referential and metaphorical interrelations between Jewishness and childhood in the medium of literature.