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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Part of the Collective Memory

From a piece on memoirs in Haaretz:

Literary researcher Dr. Shilhav Kest of Bar-Ilan University is focusing on the moment when private memory becomes public, collective - on what she calls "memory narrative." She uses the term to describe memoirs of certain World War II survivors, as distinguished from canonical Holocaust literature like that of Primo Levi, Eli Wiesel and Aharon Appelfeld. In her doctoral thesis, Kest defines this form of narrative as a genre unto itself, in which literary elements and the act of bearing witness are closely intertwined.


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