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The Conflagration of Community: Fiction Before and After Auschwitz J. Hillis Miller

The Conflagration of Community: Fiction Before and After Auschwitz

J. Hillis Miller

Published August 1st 2011
ISBN : 9786613242303
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After Auschwitz to write even a single poem is barbaric. The Conflagration of Community challenges Theodor Adornos famous statement about aesthetic production after the Holocaust, arguing for the possibility of literature to bear witness toMoreAfter Auschwitz to write even a single poem is barbaric. The Conflagration of Community challenges Theodor Adornos famous statement about aesthetic production after the Holocaust, arguing for the possibility of literature to bear witness to extreme collective and personal experiences. J. Hillis Miller masterfully considers how novels about the Holocaust relate to fictions written before and after it, and uses theories of community from Jean-Luc Nancy and Derrida to explore the dissolution of community bonds in its wake.Miller juxtaposes readings of books about the Holocaust-Keneallys Schindlers List, McEwans Black Dogs, Spiegelmans Maus, and Kertszs Fatelessness-with Kafkas novels and Morrisons Beloved, asking what it means to think of texts as acts of testimony. Throughout, Miller questions the resonance between the difficulty of imagining, understanding, or remembering Auschwitz-a difficulty so often a theme in records of the Holocaust-and the exasperating resistance to clear, conclusive interpretation of these novels. The Conflagration of Community is an eloquent study of literatures value to fathoming the unfathomable.