The Usual Suspects: Jewish Magical Realism, Trauma and the Holocaust

Huber, Irmtraud (2013). The Usual Suspects: Jewish Magical Realism, Trauma and the Holocaust. Symbolism, 12/13, pp. 210-230. AMS Press

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Jewish magical realism is often associated immediately with the historical trauma of the Holocaust. This article sets out to point to some of the problems and limitations such an interpretive approach may bring. After a reconsideration of the allegedly inherent subversive qualities of the mode and a discussion of its frequent association with trauma narratives, especially in the case of Jewish texts engaging with the Holocaust, the discussion will focus on two examples, Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000) and Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything Is Illuminated (2002). The aim throughout is to caution against rashly reproducing familiar interpretive maneuvers, which may be in need of reassessment in face of recent fictions like the ones under discussion in this article.

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 > Modern English Literature

UniBE Contributor:

Huber, Irmtraud

Subjects:

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

ISSN:

1528-3623

Publisher:

AMS Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Irmtraud Huber

Date Deposited:

28 Feb 2014 08:41

Last Modified:

21 Jan 2015 23:52

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.41992

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/41992

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