With apologies for cross-posting and self-promotion, colleagues may be interested in this volume, published today.
Witnessing, Memory, Poetics: H. G. Adler and W. G. Sebald, edited by Helen Finch and Lynn L. Wolff
Investigates the connections between German writers H.G. Adler and W.G. Sebald and reveals a new hybrid paradigm of writing about the Holocaust in light of the wider literary-political implications of Holocaust representation since 1945.
Since 1945, authors and scholars have intensely debated what form literary fiction about the Holocaust should take. The works of H. G. Adler (1910-1988) and W. G. Sebald (1944-2001), two modernist scholar-poets who settled in England but never met, present new ways of reconceptualizing the nature of witnessing, literary testimony, and the possibility of a "poetics" after Auschwitz. Adler, a Czech Jew who survived Theresienstadt and Auschwitz, was a prolific writer of prose and poetry, but his work remained little known until Sebald, possibly the most celebrated German writer of recent years, cited it in his 2001 work, Austerlitz. Since then, a rediscovery of Adler has been under way. This volume of essays by international experts on Adler and Sebald investigates the connections between the two writers to reveal a new hybrid paradigm of writing about the Holocaust that advances our understanding of the relationship between literature, historiography, and autobiography. In doing so, the volume also reflects on the wider literary-political implications of Holocaust representation, demonstrating the shifting norms in German-language "Holocaust literature."
Contributors: Jeremy Adler, Jo Catling, Peter Filkins, Helen Finch, Frank Finlay, Kirstin Gwyer, Katrin Kohl, Michael Krüger, Martin Modlinger, Dora Osborne, Ruth Vogel-Klein, Lynn L. Wolff.
£60/$95, 15th August 2014, 978 1 57113 589 6, 6 b&w illus.; 336pp, HB, Dialogue and Disjunction: Studies in Jewish German Literature, Culture & Thought
Dr. Helen Finch
Director of Student Education
Associate Professor in German
School of Languages, Cultures and Societies,
University of Leeds,
tel: +44 (0)113 343 33510
web page: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/people/20054/german/person/750/helen_finch
monograph: Sebald's Bachelors. Queer Resistance and the Unconforming Life: http://www.legendabooks.com/titles/isbn/9781907975905.html