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Author Boos, Sonja, 1972- author.

Title Speaking the unspeakable in postwar Germany : toward a public discourse on the Holocaust / Sonja Boos.

Publication Info. Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Library, 2014.


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Description 1 online resource.
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Series Signale : modern German letters, cultures, and thought
Signale (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction : an Archimedean podium -- Martin Buber -- Paul Celan -- Ingeborg Bachmann -- Hannah Arendt -- Uwe Johnson -- Peter Szondi -- Peter Weiss -- Conclusion : speaking of the noose in the country of the hangman (Theodor W. Adorno).
Summary "An interdisciplinary study of a diverse set of public speeches given by major literary and cultural figures in the 1950s and 1960s. Through close readings of canonical speeches by Hannah Arendt, Theodor W. Adorno, Ingeborg Bachmann, Martin Buber, Paul Celan, Uwe Johnson, Peter Szondi, and Peter Weiss, Sonja Boos demonstrates that these speakers both facilitated and subverted the construction of a public discourse about the Holocaust in postwar West Germany. The author's analysis of original audio recordings of the speech events (several of which will be available on a companion website) improves our understanding of the spoken, performative dimension of public speeches. While emphasizing the social constructedness of discourse, experience, and identity, Boos does not neglect the pragmatic conditions of aesthetic and intellectual production--most notably, the felt need to respond to the breach in tradition caused by the Holocaust. The book thereby illuminates the process by which a set of writers and intellectuals, instead of trying to mend what they perceived as a radical break in historical continuity or corroborating the myth of a "new beginning," searched for ways to make this historical rupture rhetorically and semantically discernible and literally audible"-- Publisher's Web site.
Note Print version record.
Language In English.
Subject Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) (OCoLC)fst00958866
Public opinion -- Germany (West)
Speeches, addresses, etc., German -- History and criticism.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Public opinion.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Influence.
Germany (West) -- Intellectual life.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Western.
HISTORY -- Holocaust.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.) (OCoLC)fst00972484
Intellectual life. (OCoLC)fst00975769
Public opinion. (OCoLC)fst01082785
Speeches, addresses, etc., German. (OCoLC)fst01129361
Germany (West) (OCoLC)fst01210273
Chronological Term 1939-1945
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
Other Form: Print version: Boos, Sonja. Speaking the Unspeakable in Postwar Germany : Toward a Public Discourse on the Holocaust. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, ©1900 9780801479632
Standard No. 10.7591/9780801471957 doi
ISBN 9780801471957 (electronic bk.)
0801471958 (electronic bk.)
0801479630 (paperback; alk. paper)
9780801479632 (paperback; alk. paper)
9780801453601 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780801479632 (paperback; alk. paper)
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