TITLE

"I Will Remain Silence and Scream": Edmond Jabès and the Wound and Witness of Language

AUTHOR(S)
Ploeg, Andrew J.
PUB. DATE
January 2012
SOURCE
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies;Winter2012, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p91
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Literary Criticism
ABSTRACT
This essay argues that Edmond Jabès's The Book of Questions, Volume I radically questions the presumably inherent authority of the witness in distinct yet interconnected ways. Heavily influenced by Derridian deconstruction, his text challenges conventional assumptions involving the witness, particularly the implied extra-textuality of horrific events (such as the Holocaust) and of those who provide testimony to them. Jabès's unique rethinking of the witness is made even more legible through the productive parallel he draws between the Jew and the writer. This parallel, for the author, is a reflection of the inescapable status of both as witnesses to the originary wound of language. Further, Jabès complicates the authority of the witness through his insertion of a rabbinical commentary throughout his text, a framework that fundamentally blurs distinctions between testimony and its interpretation.
ACCESSION #
77929110

 

Related Articles

  • The Task of Testimony. Stark, Jared // History & Memory;Fall/Winter1999, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p37 

    Presents an article about Jewish holocaust testimonies. Overview of the book 'No Common Place: The Holocaust Testimony of Alina Bacall-Zwirn'; Details of the development of a video version of the book; Description of the holocaust.

  • "DETAILING THE FACTS": CHARLES REZNIKOFF'S RESPONSE TO THE HOLOCAUST. Franciosi, Robert // Contemporary Literature;Summer88, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p241 

    The article focuses on the context of the poem 'Holocaust' by Charles Reznikoff. Rhetorical and emotional characteristics of the poem are commented on, and Reznikoff's application of Jewish manuscript concepts to the events of the Holocaust is explored. The treatment of fact in the poem is also...

  • Is That All There Is? Corwin, Lily // Studies in American Jewish Literature (Purdue University Press);2011, Vol. 30, p68 

    A literary criticism of the book "The Book of Memory," by Paul Auster is presented. It mentions that this book considers philosophical, religious and personal issues by analyzing quotes, paintings and memories. It criticizes the protagonist's secular Judaism, the importance of Holocaust to him...

  • Acting Out Justice in J. J. Steinfeld's "Courtroom Dramas". SINGER, SANDRA // Canadian Ethnic Studies;2009, Vol. 41 Issue 1/2, p155 

    The article provides an interpretation of "Courtroom Dramas," a short story from J. J. Steinfeld's fiction collection Would You Hide Me? (Gaspereau, 2003). First, the paper examines Steinfeld's articulation of traumatic loss, and interprets the trial in "Courtroom Dramas" as a means for a...

  • Overcoming impossible. Bomba, Jacek // Archives of Psychiatry & Psychotherapy;Mar2010, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p61 

    The essay was dedicated to late Professor Maria Orwid. The author discussed Maria Orwid's statements on memory of the Holocaust experience and on giving testimony on this experience. The discussion is done in context of other Survivors' writings and those of the thinkers who studied the...

  • Moralpolitik versus Moralpolitik. Langenbacher, Eric // German Politics & Society;Fall2005, Vol. 23 Issue 3, p106 

    The article discusses the resurgence of memories of German suffering in German collective memories during the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, Jewish Holocaust and Nazism in 2005. The discourse would be much enriched due to full access to all witnesses and official documents. The...

  • Philosophical Witnessing: The Holocaust as Presence, Berel Lang (Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England for Brandeis University Press, 2009), 260 pp., cloth $50.00. Howland, Jacob // Holocaust & Genocide Studies;Aug2010, Vol. 24 Issue 3, p474 

    A review of the book "Philosophical Witnessing: The Holocaust As Presence," by Berel Lang is presented.

  • Mad Laughter in Federman's "The Twofold Vibration." Feuer, Menachem // CLCWeb: Comparative Literature & Culture: A WWWeb Journal;Mar2009, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p1 

    This article focuses on the works of author Raymond Federman. The author examines the comedy in Federman's post-Jewish Holocaust work, particularly the aspect of "mad laughter." The author believes that Federman's work combines self-referential aspects with recognition of trauma associated with...

  • Power of witnessing. Jacobs, Phil // Washington Jewish Week;5/24/2012, Vol. 48 Issue 21, p1 

    The article profiles Nancy R. Goodman and Marilyn B. Meyers, co-authors of the book "Power of Witnessing." According to the author, Goodman, a psychologist and psychoanalyst, and Meyers, a psychologist, studied the idea of witnessing and provided short glimpses into their lives before, during,...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of VIRGINIA BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY AND SYSTEM

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics