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Holocaust Drama
The Theater of Atrocity


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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521182423

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  • The Holocaust - the systematic attempted destruction of European Jewry and other 'threats' to the Third Reich from 1933 to 1945 - has been portrayed in fiction, film, memoirs, and poetry. Gene Plunka's study will add to this chronicle with an examination of the theatre of the Holocaust. Including thorough critical analyses of more than thirty plays, this book explores the seminal twentieth-century Holocaust dramas from the United States, Europe, and Israel. Biographical information about the playwrights, production histories of the plays, and pertinent historical information are provided, placing the plays in their historical and cultural contexts.

    • Provides a thorough overview of the landmark historical and literary events in Holocaust studies
    • Includes detailed analyses of over thirty seminal plays, including major and lesser-known dramas
    • Places the plays under discussion in their historical and cultural contexts
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    • Winner of the 2010 South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA) award for Best Book of the Year

    Reviews & endorsements

    'This excellent study, which includes an extensive historical introduction and a comprehensive bibliography, acknowledges the difficulties of representing the Holocaust on stage, yet counters them by the need to bear witness to the atrocities as a legacy of the victims … the odd lack of reference to works created after the 1980s do not detract from the importance of this extensive, sensitive and insightful book.' Journal of Theatre Research International

    '… this book is a must-read for any reader interested in 'Holocaust drama' in that it begins to categorise the genre in an encyclopaedic manner that is both respectful and thought-provoking. Although this topic might seem to resist further inquiry, it also requires it and this book will hopefully act as an impetus for future researchers, readers and audiences to consider gaps as yet unbridged and voices as yet unheard.' Emily Derbyshire,

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521182423
    • length: 454 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Staging the banality of evil
    3. Culture and the Holocaust
    4. The Holocaust as literature of the body
    5. Transcending the Holocaust
    6. Marxism and the Holocaust
    7. Aryan responsibility during the Holocaust, I
    8. Aryan responsibility during the Holocaust, II
    9. Heroism and moral responsibility in the ghettoes
    10. Dignity in the concentration camps
    11. Holocaust survivors in the United States and Israel
    12. The survivor syndrome and the effects of the Holocaust on survivor families
    13. Holocaust survivor memory
    14. The Holocaust and collective memory

  • Author

    Gene A. Plunka, University of Memphis


    • Winner of the 2010 South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA) award for Best Book of the Year

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