TITLE

IDENTITY AND BELONGING IN THE NOVELS OF DORON RABINOVICI

AUTHOR(S)
Valente Simões, Anabela
PUB. DATE
January 2012
SOURCE
Polissema;2012, Issue 12, p39
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Essay
ABSTRACT
This essay analyses how the different types of memory may influence the process of identity formation. It shall be argued that not only memories formed upon the subject's experiences play a key role in this process; intermediated, received narratives from the past, memories transmitted either symbolically or by elder members of the group, or, what has been meanwhile termed as "postmemory", also play an important part in the development of an individual's identitary map. This theoretical framework will be illustrated with the novelistic work of Austrian Israeli-born historian, writer and political activist Doron Rabinovici (*1961). As a representative of the so-called "second generation" of Holocaust writers, a generation of individuals who did not experience the nazi genocide violence, but who had to form their identities under the shadow of such a brutal past, Rabinovici addresses essential topics such as the intergenerational transmission of memory and guilt within survivor families, identity formation of second generation individuals (Jews and non-Jews) and the question of simultaneously belonging to different social, historical and linguistic contexts.
ACCESSION #
85407042

 

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