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Perpetrators in Holocaust Narratives

Encountering the Nazi Beast

Authors: Pettitt, Joanne

  • Makes extensive use of a wide variety of primary sources
    Engages with both fiction and non-fiction
    Focuses on reader response and the construction of empathy

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About this book

This study provides a comprehensive analysis of representations of Holocaust perpetrators in literature. Such texts, often rather controversially, seek to undo the myth of pure evil that surrounds the Holocaust and to reconstruct the perpetrator in more human (“banal”) terms. Following this line of thought, protagonists frequently place emphasis on the contextual or situational factors that led up to the genocide. A significant consequence of this is the impact that it has on the reader, who is thereby drawn into the narrative as a potential perpetrator who could, in similar circumstances, have acted in similar ways. The tensions that this creates, especially in relation to the construction of empathy, constitutes a major focus of this work. Making use of in excess of sixty primary sources, this work explores fictional accounts of Holocaust perpetration as well as Nazi memoirs. It will be of interest to anyone working in the broad areas of Holocaust literature and/or perpetrator studies.

About the authors

Joanne Pettitt is an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Kent, UK, where she teaches on a range of undergraduate modules. Her research interests include, but are not limited to, the following: literature of the Holocaust; representations of culpability; memory discourses and politics, especially relating to memories of genocide; comparative genocide studies; trauma studies; existentialism. 

Reviews

“Joanne Pettitt’s book is an excellent and highly original contribution to the newly established field of perpetrator studies, in which she takes the innovative approach of tracing textual and ethical patterns in more than 60 primary sources. These range from fiction by such novelists as Edgar Hilsenrath, David Grossman and Jodi Picoult, to fi ctional versions of the fi gure of Adolf Hitler, and analyses of the memoirs of perpetrators themselves, including the autobiography of Rudolf Höss. By this means, Dr Pettitt carefully draws out signifi cant elements of these texts’ designs on the reader and the narrative strategies they must adopt in order to represent such a problematic topic.” (Prof Sue Vice, University of Sheffield, UK)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Pettitt, Joanne

    Pages 1-12

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  • Nazis in Society

    Pettitt, Joanne

    Pages 15-31

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  • Subverting Connections with the Reader

    Pettitt, Joanne

    Pages 33-51

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  • Drawing the Reader into the Narrative

    Pettitt, Joanne

    Pages 53-69

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  • Cogs in the Machine: Testimonies of Holocaust Perpetrators

    Pettitt, Joanne

    Pages 73-91

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eBook 67,82 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-52575-4
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 83,19 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-52574-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Perpetrators in Holocaust Narratives
Book Subtitle
Encountering the Nazi Beast
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-52575-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-52575-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-52574-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 150
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