Et in Ashkenazia ego: Utopias of the Holocaust?

Stähler, Axel (2021). Et in Ashkenazia ego: Utopias of the Holocaust? Holocaust studies: a journal of culture and history, pp. 1-20. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/17504902.2021.1910438

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This article interrogates examples of alternative histories in contemporary British Jewish writing which redraw and reinterpret the topography of the Holocaust. More specifically, it explores the tensions which arise in Clive Sinclair’s short story ‘Ashkenazia’ (1980) and Dan Jacobson’s novel The God-Fearer (1992) between notions of a Jewish heterotopia, the re-inscription of historical topographies, and the imaginary of the Holocaust. Set in an imaginary Jewish state, which is mapped onto the pre-existing Jewish topography of the loosely defined Ashkenaz of historical reality, both texts unfold alternative histories which, though imagined, nevertheless cannot un-think the historical occurrence of the Holocaust.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures > American Studies

UniBE Contributor:

Stähler, Axel

Subjects:

800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 820 English & Old English literatures

ISSN:

1750-4902

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

Axel Stähler

Date Deposited:

21 Jul 2021 10:23

Last Modified:

21 Jul 2021 10:32

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/17504902.2021.1910438

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/155939

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/155939

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