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Primo Levi: A Bibliography of English and Italian Scholarly Writings, 2003–2010

James Tasato Mellone (ed.)

in Answering Auschwitz: Primo Levi's Science and Humanism after the Fall

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823233588
eISBN:
9780823241811
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823233588.003.0020
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The heuristic value of Primo Levi's approach to living and writing is evident by the different ways scholars in various disciplines are using his writings. This bibliography on the scholarly writings ... More


With Hindsight and Beyond Resistance

Rivkah Zim

in The Consolations of Writing: Literary Strategies of Resistance from Boethius to Primo Levi

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691161808
eISBN:
9781400852093
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691161808.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter analyzes the work of Primo Levi. Levi's revisions of his experiences in Auschwitz stand alone. He wrote with hindsight because during his thirteen months in Auschwitz he was unable to ... More


Responses to Auschwitz and the Literary Imagination

Michael L. Morgan

in Beyond Auschwitz: Post-Holocaust Jewish Thought in America

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195148626
eISBN:
9780199870011
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195148622.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The views of various American liberal intellectuals and Jewish writers on the Nazi death camps are discussed, starting with Lionel Trilling, a postwar New York literary critic, who addressed the ... More


The Humanity and Humanism of Primo Levi

Joseph Farrell

in Answering Auschwitz: Primo Levi's Science and Humanism after the Fall

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823233588
eISBN:
9780823241811
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823233588.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

In a wide-ranging, polemical lecture in Turin in 1979, Primo Levi discussed the roots and variations of racial prejudice in history, finding early traces of the phenomenon even in the seemingly ... More


The Partisan and His Doppelganger: The Case of Primo Levi

Ilona Klein

in Answering Auschwitz: Primo Levi's Science and Humanism after the Fall

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823233588
eISBN:
9780823241811
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823233588.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Published in 1982, “Se non ora, quando?” (If Not Now, When?) is Primo Levi's first novel proper. Perhaps, Primo Levi regretted not fully living life as an Italian Jewish partisan that he re-created ... More


After Auschwitz: What Is a Good Death?

Timothy Pytell

in Answering Auschwitz: Primo Levi's Science and Humanism after the Fall

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823233588
eISBN:
9780823241811
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823233588.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

It comes as no surprise that suicide among Holocaust survivors is high. A few of the most recognizable figures are Bruno Bettelheim, Paul Célan, Jerzy Kosinski, Jean Améry, Tadeusz Borowski, and ... More


Answering Auschwitz: Primo Levi's Science and Humanism after the Fall

Stanislao G. Pugliese (ed.)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823233588
eISBN:
9780823241811
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823233588.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

More than twenty years ago, the Italian chemist, writer, and Holocaust survivor Primo Levi fell to his death from the stairwell of his apartment building in Turin. Within hours, a debate exploded as ... More


Primo Levi in the Public Interest: Turin, Auschwitz, Israel

Risa Sodi

in Answering Auschwitz: Primo Levi's Science and Humanism after the Fall

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823233588
eISBN:
9780823241811
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823233588.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter focuses on three extraliterary facets of Primo Levi: his public associations with Auschwitz and Holocaust commemoration, his leadership role in the Jewish community of Turin, and his ... More


Diasporas of the Mind: Jewish and Postcolonial Writing and the Nightmare of History

Bryan Cheyette

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780300093186
eISBN:
9780300199376
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300093186.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This book throws new light on a wide range of modern and contemporary writers—some at the heart of the canon, others more marginal—to explore the power and limitations of the diasporic imagination ... More


Auschwitz as Hell

Rachel Falconer

in Hell in Contemporary Literature: Western Descent Narratives since 1945

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748617630
eISBN:
9780748651733
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617630.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter takes a look at Primo Levi's classic testimony, If This is a Man, which it views as a descent narrative wherein Hell is represented as a combination of many chronotopes, each of which ... More


Conclusion: Beyond Testimony

Rivkah Zim

in The Consolations of Writing: Literary Strategies of Resistance from Boethius to Primo Levi

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691161808
eISBN:
9781400852093
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691161808.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter continues the discussion of Primo Levi's writing and then presents some final thoughts. It details how after forty years, and at a different stage in the developed historiography of the ... More


“The Circle of Chalk”: Narrative Voice in Primo Levi's: The Periodic Table

Frederick J. Ruf

in Entangled Voices: Genre and the Religious Construction of the Self

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195102635
eISBN:
9780199853458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102635.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

In an essay, the psychologist Jerome Bruner explores the ways in which narrative constructs reality. For Bruner, it is narrative that is most useful in “constructing and representing the rich and ... More


Traces of Experience: The Texts of Testimony

Robert Eaglestone

in The Holocaust and the Postmodern

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199265930
eISBN:
9780191708596
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265930.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter analyses the generic features of testimonial writing, while taking into account their historical ranges and differences. These features include the use of history (as a rhetorical style, ... More


Primo Levi's Struggle with the Spirit of Kafka

Massimo Giuliani

in Answering Auschwitz: Primo Levi's Science and Humanism after the Fall

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823233588
eISBN:
9780823241811
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823233588.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Primo Levi's science-fiction stories are a kind of modern midrashim. In the Jewish tradition, this term refers to an exercise of pedagogical hermeneutics that creates imaginary stories and dialogues ... More


Levi and the Two Cultures

Jonathan Druker

in Answering Auschwitz: Primo Levi's Science and Humanism after the Fall

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823233588
eISBN:
9780823241811
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823233588.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Primo Levi stresses and even exaggerates the importance of “hybridity” in his works and in his authorial persona. He tells his readers that he was both an Italian and a Jew, both a chemist and a man ... More


Gray Zones: Diabolical Evil Revisited

Claudia Card

in The Atrocity Paradigm: A Theory of Evil

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195145083
eISBN:
9780199833115
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195145089.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This chapter proposes, and illustrates, with the idea of gray zones, a more historically accurate conception of diabolical evil than the one rejected by Kant: the deliberate and successful pursuit of ... More


A Soccer Match in Auschwitz: Passing Trauma in Holocaust Studies

Debarati Sanyal

in Memory and Complicity: Migrations of Holocaust Remembrance

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823265473
eISBN:
9780823266722
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823265473.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter examines the work of Giorgio Agamben and other theorists who have turned the Holocaust into a transhistorical paradigm for political life. It maps the convergence of trauma and ... More


‘Not Read and Consumed in the Same Way as Other Books’: Identification and the Genre of Testimony

Robert Eaglestone

in The Holocaust and the Postmodern

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199265930
eISBN:
9780191708596
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265930.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter argues for the singularity of Holocaust testimonies as a genre. Analysing a range of commentary on testimonies by survivors and critics, it finds the current ideas about this form of ... More


Literary Encounters and Storytelling Techniques

Elizabeth Scheiber

in Answering Auschwitz: Primo Levi's Science and Humanism after the Fall

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823233588
eISBN:
9780823241811
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823233588.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

At first glance, Primo Levi's Lilìt appears to be a loosely connected collection of stories divided into three unequal parts. The first section contains autobiographical material from Auschwitz and ... More


Temporality: The Palimpsestic Road and Diachronic Thinking

Laura Rascaroli

in How the Essay Film Thinks

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2017
ISBN:
9780190238247
eISBN:
9780190238278
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190238247.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Opening with a discussion of the diptych form in film, seen as a dialogic structure activated in a spatiotemporal in-betweenness, this chapter focuses on films constructed around an interstice ... More


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