Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Journal articles

Second Generation, Third Generation, and State Political Postmemory: The Holocaust and Its Literary Effects in Contemporary France

Abstract : This article aims to off er a refl ection on the interaction between literature , the postmemory of the Holocaust as Marianne Hirsch describes it and the political sphere in contemporary France. 1 In the fi elds of literature and fi lm, many works have dealt with the Holocaust. France is perhaps the European country where the idea of a "duty of memory" regarding the genocide of the Jews and the country's own past under Nazi occupation has been most discussed. One may observe the same interest in direct testimonies by survivors of the genocide in France as in the United States. However, the last fi ft een years have been characterized by two simultaneous phenomena: fi rst, the coming of age of a "third generation" with its own specifi c questions, which is willing to take over from the second generation and which has been extensively studied by psychoanalysts, and second, a complete renewal of the political context: the Holocaust, and the active role the French state played in it, are now considered inescapable parts of national political memory. Th rough a discussion of a number of particularly striking French-language contemporary works, this article will explore the eff ect on literary writing of the interaction between a gen-erational phenomenon and highly interventionist memory politics. I ask, fi rst, what is happening to literature regarding the family memory of the
Complete list of metadatas

Cited literature [13 references]  Display  Hide  Download

https://hal-univ-paris10.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-01769170
Contributor : Administrateur Hal Nanterre <>
Submitted on : Monday, February 10, 2020 - 11:15:19 AM
Last modification on : Friday, February 14, 2020 - 1:37:18 AM
Document(s) archivé(s) le : Monday, May 11, 2020 - 2:16:44 PM

File

article shoah postmemory pdf a...
Files produced by the author(s)

Identifiers

Citation

Frédérique Leichter-Flack. Second Generation, Third Generation, and State Political Postmemory: The Holocaust and Its Literary Effects in Contemporary France. Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies, University of Nebraska Press, 2016, 4 (1), pp.67--77. ⟨10.1353/jlt.2016.0000⟩. ⟨hal-01769170v2⟩

Share

Metrics

Record views

45

Files downloads

128