The Kindertransport in Literature: Reimagining Experience (Exile Studies #20) (Paperback)
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This is book number 20 in the Exile Studies series.
- #17: Roads Less Traveled: German-Jewish Exile Experiences in Kenya, 1933-1947 (Exile Studies #17) (Paperback): $73.14
- #18: The Dynamics of Forced Female Migration from Czechoslovakia to Britain, 1938-1950 (Exile Studies #18) (Paperback): $87.54
- #19: Anton Walbrook; A Life of Masks and Mirrors (Exile Studies #19) (Paperback): $91.14
In this insightful book, Stephanie Homer interrogates how different genre conventions (memoir, autobiographical fiction and novels) influence the representation of the Kindertransport. Her theoretical approach is sophisticated, her selection of texts judicious and representative. Homer's contribution to the study of the reception history of the Kindertransport is important and timely. (Bill Niven, Professor of Contemporary German History, Nottingham Trent University)
An immensely valuable intervention into studies of Kindertransport representations, this book invites readers into the ambiguities of memory. With clarity and confidence, the book explores the liberating creative potential of autobiographical fiction and polyphonic fictional voices which have reimagined the places and perspectives on Kindertransport as a migratory experience and literary compulsion. The book makes an important contribution to our understanding of Kindertransport literature as a genuinely transnational genre of witnessing and re-witnessing. (Dr Simone Gigliotti, Senior Lecturer in Holocaust Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London)
With the dwindling number of Kindertransportees alive today, the living memory of this rescue operation is being transformed into cultural memory, a trend noticeable in the publication of popular Kindertransport fiction since the beginning of the twenty-first century. This change in memory invites the following questions: how is the child refugee's experience remembered, represented and reimagined in literature? And, consequently, what understanding of the Kindertransport is being transmitted to the following generations?
Drawing on understandings of genre, narratology and empathy, this book examines works in English, German and Dutch from three literary genres: memoirs and autobiographical fiction by Kindertransportees and recent fiction by authors with no first-hand experience of the Kindertransport. This study exposes the various conventions, tensions and reader expectations attached to each genre and how these influence the author's construction of the text and, in turn, the nature of the representation. This topical research engages in debates at the heart of current discussions on Holocaust and Kindertransport memory, such as the limits of representability, the unspeakability of trauma, and issues of ethics and aesthetics.
About the Author
Stephanie Homer completed her PhD at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London. She is an active member of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, London.