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Title:The Translation From Memory to Postmemory: The Mother-Daughter Dialogue in Post-Holocaust Literature
Author(s):Wandelt, Sonja Julia
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Blake, Nancy
Department / Program:Comparative Literature
Discipline:Comparative Literature
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Literature, Romance
Abstract:All of these texts evoke layers of translation in the communicative process between the generations. The daughters help their mothers unlock and vocalize the past, and in a second step often attempt to adopt and integrate their mother's stories into their own cultural-political framework of references and speech. Lena Einhorn's and Lydie Salvayre's texts, written from the victims' perspective, demonstrate the demands of "listening to trauma" and the daughters' need to position themselves as mediators and literally translators between their mother's story and the outside world. The moment of translation in Johnson's and Wolf's texts, presented from the perspective of German perpetration, is simultaneously a process of close association with and separation from the parents' shameful past. An analysis of the dialogic encounter between mothers and daughters in all of the texts shows that postmemory emerges as a translation of the mother's original memory.
Issue Date:2008
Description:242 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3347554
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2008

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