Some Thoughts on Perpetrator Metafiction: David Albahari’s Götz and Meyer and Norman Spinrad’s The Iron Dream

Pettitt, Joanne Louise (2016). Some Thoughts on Perpetrator Metafiction: David Albahari’s Götz and Meyer and Norman Spinrad’s The Iron Dream. Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 57(4), pp. 477-485. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/00111619.2015.1121859

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This article aims to explore the significance of metafiction as an appropriate mode for representation in Holocaust perpetrator fiction. Looking at two pertinent examples—David Albahari’s Götz and Meyer (1998) and Norman Spinrad’s The Iron Dream (1972)—it argues that the movement between the diegetic and extradiegetic narrative spaces allows for an encoding of imaginative processes that promote postmemorial discourses. This process is important at this juncture, when the Holocaust is sliding out of living memory, because it emphasizes the need to continually re-engage with the past, thereby retaining its significance in the present.

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 > Old English

UniBE Contributor:

Pettitt, Joanne Louise

Subjects:

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

ISSN:

1939-9138

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

Leona Josefine Irmgard Goop

Date Deposited:

08 Jun 2017 15:52

Last Modified:

29 Jan 2019 13:39

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/00111619.2015.1121859

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/96788

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