Language and Culture after the Holocaust

Geoffrey H. Hartman


The concept of a resurrected culture after Auschwitz is illusory and contradictory, and every construct that still comes into being has to pay a bitter price because of that. But since the world survived its own ruin, art is as necessary to it as the unconscious recording of its history.

—Adorno, “Those Nineteen Twenties

Even though “art is…

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