The Historical Uncanny: Disability, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Holocaust Memory

The Historical Uncanny: Disability, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Holocaust Memory

written by Susanne C. Knittel, fl. 2006 (New York, NY: Fordham University Press, 2015, originally published 2015), 364 page(s)

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Abstract / Summary
The Historical Uncanny explores how certain memories become inscribed into the heritage of a country or region while others are suppressed or forgotten. In response to the erasure of historical memories that discomfit a public's self-understanding, this book proposes the historical uncanny as that which resists reification precisely because it cannot be assimilated to dominant discourses of commemoration. Focusing on the problems of representation and reception, the book explores memorials for two marginalized aspects of Holocaust: the Nazi euthanasia program directed against the mentally ill and disabled and the Fascist persecution of Slovenes, Croats, and Jews in and around Trieste. Reading these memorials together with literary and artistic texts, Knittel redefines 'sites of memory' as assemblages of cultural artifacts and discourses that accumulate over time; they emerge as a physical and a cultural space that is continually redefined, rewritten, and re-presented. In bringing perspectives from disability studies and postcolonialism to the question of memory, Knittel unsettles our understanding of the Holocaust and its place in the culture of contemporary Europe.
Field of Interest
Disability Studies
Author
Susanne C. Knittel, fl. 2006
Copyright Message
Copyright © 2014 by Fordham University Press
Content Type
Book
Format
Text
Original Publication Date
2015
Page Count
364
Publication Year
2015
Publisher
Fordham University Press
Place Published / Released
New York, NY
Subject
Disability Studies, Diversity, War, Industry, and Technology, Advocacy and Rights, Mental illnesses, Disabled persons, Nazism, Euthanasia, Holocaust, 1939-1945, World War II, 1939-1945, Guerra, Industria y Tecnología, Guerra, Indústria e Tecnologia, Rights and advocacy, Social movements, Abogacía y Derechos, Advocacia e Direitos, National Socialist German Workers' Party, Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Depression & World War II (1929–1945), Croatians, Slovene, Jews
Keywords and Translated Subjects
Guerra, Industria y Tecnología, Guerra, Indústria e Tecnologia, Rights and advocacy, Social movements, Abogacía y Derechos, Advocacia e Direitos

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