In 1998 Irene Heidelberger-Leonard, an expert on the Holocaust memoirs of Jean Améry, Imre Kertész and Peter Weiss, suggested that Ruth Klüger’s memoir weiter leben (1993, published in the author’s own translation as Still alive in 2001) set a new benchmark in Jewish literature about Auschwitz. Heidelberger-Leonard made her statement a quarter century after the American literature scholar Lawrence Langer, with his book on The Holocaust and the Literary Imagination, became one of the founders of the study of Holocaust literature. While both scholars and others after them concentrated on survivor memoirs, more recently responses to the Holocaust from the perspectives of children and even grandchildren of former victims have prompted new concepts, exemplified by Marianne Hirsch’s term ‘post-memory’, with which to think about such texts. Holocaust fiction, poetry and the representation of the Holocaust in film have called for the application of yet further categories.
While Klüger’s weiter leben remains one of the seminal texts against which this literature is measured, it is time to revisit this canon, not least to explore its diversity.
This Special Issue of Humanities on “The Holocaust in Literature and Film” guest edited by Prof. Dr. Andrea Reiter (University of Southampton, Southampton, UK) http://www.mdpi.com/journal/humanities/special_issues/holocaust_literature_film invites contributions that deal with the full range of representations. These include memoirs, fiction, poetry and drama, as well as documentary, feature or television films. We welcome both revaluations of well-known texts and films and investigations of those that deserve to be better known.
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2017