Narrative Transgression in Edgar Hilsenrath's Der Nazi Und Der Friseur and the Rhetoric of the Sacred in Holocaust Discourse (1).
The German Quarterly 2007, Spring, 80, 2
The German Quarterly
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Edgar Hilsenrath's satirical novel Der Nazi und der Friseur relates the story of Max Schulz, a Holocaust perpetrator who, after the war, steals the identity of one of his Jewish victims and transforms himself into a paradigmatic Holocaust survivor and model Israeli citizen. As the novel's narrator, Max parades before the reader not only his crimes and his ability to evade capture, but also his lack of shame for his hubristic assumption of the voice of the victim, a violation I term narrative transgression. The narrative transgression in Hilsenrath's novel challenges constructions of the Holocaust as a sacred, ineffable event and a religious rhetoric that, I argue, has increasingly come to dominate critical discourse about the Holocaust and its representational limits. With its grotesque and exaggerated tale of Max's identity theft, the novel manipulates the tensions between the sacred and the blasphemous and in the process paradoxically mediates a historical rather than mythical understanding of the Holocaust. **********
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- Uitgever: American Association of Teachers of German
- Tekstlengte: 38 pagina's
- Taal: Engels