The absolute event of history: The Shoah and the Outside

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Hart, Kevin 2015. The absolute event of history: The Shoah and the Outside. Word and Text: A journal of literary studies and linguistics. 5 (43497), pp. 169 - 189.
AuthorsHart, Kevin
Abstract

The article analyses two sorts of disaster considered in Maurice Blanchot's L'Écriture du désastre (1980): the Shoah and the approach of the Outside. Blanchot's account of suffering is examined, as is the role that Blanchot's reading of Robert Antelme’s L'Espece humaine (1947) plays in L'Écriture du désastre. Differences between concentration camps and extermination camps are detailed, and it is questioned whether fragmentary writing is capable of responding to the horror of the Shoah in an adequate manner.

KeywordsAbsolute; Antelme; Auschwitz; Disaster; Experience; Fragments; Shoah
Year2015
JournalWord and Text: A journal of literary studies and linguistics
Journal citation5 (43497), pp. 169 - 189
PublisherUniversitatea Petrol - Gaze din Ploiesti
ISSN2069-9271
Web address (URL)https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=113943513&site=ehost-live&scope=site
Page range169 - 189
Research GroupInstitute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
Place of publicationRomania
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