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Testimony: Crises of Witnessing in Literature, Psychoanalysis and History

 
 
 
 
Testimony: Crises of Witnessing in Literature, Psychoanalysis and History
Author: Shoshana Felman - Dori Laub MD
ISBN 13: 9780415903929
ISBN 10: 415903920
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 1991-12-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 314
List Price: $51.95
 
 

In this unique collection, Yale literary critic Shoshana Felman and psychoanalyst Dori Laub examine the nature and function of memory and the act of witnessing, both in their general relation to the acts of writing and reading, and in their particular relation to the Holocaust. Moving from the literary to the visual, from the artistic to the autobiographical, and from the psychoanalytic to the historical, the book defines for the first time the trauma of the Holocaust as a radical crisis of witnessing "the unprecedented historical occurrence of...an event eliminating its own witness." Through the alternation of a literary and clinical perspective, the authors focus on the henceforth modified relation between knowledge and event, literature and evidence, speech and survival, witnessing and ethics.