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Aída Díaz Bild

Bio: Aída Díaz Bild is an academic researcher from University of La Laguna. The author has contributed to research in topics: Comedy & The Holocaust. The author has an hindex of 2, co-authored 5 publications receiving 12 citations.

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TL;DR: The Zone of Interest as mentioned in this paper is dedicated to the writer and Holocaust survivor Primo Levi, whose voice can be heard throughout the text, and it is one of the main voices of the novel.
Abstract: Amis has always found the question of the Holocaust’s exceptionalism fascinating and returns to the subject in “The Zone of Interest”. After analysing how the enormity of the Holocaust conditions literary representation and Amis’s own approach to it, this article focuses on one of the main voices of the novel, Szmul, the leader of the Sonderkommando, whose members were Jewish prisoners forced to clean the gas chambers and dispose of the bodies. Through him we confront directly the horrors of the Holocaust. One of Amis’ greatest achievements is precisely that he humanizes and rehabilitates the figure of the Sonder by transforming Szmul into a comic hero who, in spite of the atrocities he witnesses, reaffirms the unconditional value of life and fights to give meaning to his terrible predicament. The novel is dedicated to the writer and Holocaust survivor Primo Levi, whose voice can be heard throughout the text.

6 citations

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TL;DR: In this article, Howard Jacobson is an English Jewish writer who has always celebrated the important role that comedy plays in literature and regrets the false division between comedy and seriousness that critics have created and firmly believes that comedy reaffirms the value of life by offering us a way to transcend sadness and misfortunes.
Abstract: Most critics agree that Jewish humour is defined by its capacity to laugh in the face of despair, tragedy, persecution. Humour has been a source of salvation for the Jews, allowing them to survive in a hostile world. Howard Jacobson is an English Jewish writer who has always celebrated the important role that comedy plays in literature. He regrets the false division between comedy and seriousness that critics have created and firmly believes that comedy reaffirms the value of life by offering us a way to transcend our sadness and misfortunes. In The Finkler Question humour indeed fulfils this redeeming function and allows Jacobson to tackle the dark forces of anti-Semitism.

4 citations

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TL;DR: This paper analyzed the similarities between Hamilton herself and Mrs. Fielding in Memoirs of Modern Philosophers (1800), as well as comment on how Hamilton used her fictional counterpart to explore her own ideas on women's education, marriage or spinsterhood.
Abstract: Eighteenth-century female writers realized that single women were scorned and viewed with contempt. They tried to modify the negative stereotypes, found mainly in the work of male authors, by offering more attractive portraits of single, independent women. Elizabeth Hamilton dignified the figure of the “old maid” by creating the characters of Martha Goodwin, Maria Fielding and Mrs. Mason. The aim of this article is to analyse the similarities between Hamilton herself and Mrs. Fielding in Memoirs of Modern Philosophers (1800), as well as comment on how Hamilton used her fictional counterpart to explore her own ideas on women’s education, marriage or spinsterhood. With a character like Mrs. Fielding, Hamilton not only created a positive role for old maids like herself but showed her readers that it was possible for an unmarried woman to have a varied, interesting, useful and fulfilled life. Keywords: Elizabeth Hamilton; single woman; education; marriage; benevolence

1 citations

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TL;DR: The Kalooki Nights (2006) as discussed by the authors is a novel of a British writer who has always praised humor and paid special attention to Jewish comic sensibility, arguing that there is something particularly Jewish about the way in which he fuses comedy and tragedy in his novels, since Jews always joked in the face of affliction.
Abstract: espanolLa mayor parte de los criticos coinciden en que el humor judio es un fenomeno relativamente moderno, fruto de la experiencia unica de exilio, segregacion y persecucion vivida por los judios. Howard Jacobson es un escritor judiobritanico que siempre ha elogiado la comedia y ha prestado especial atencion a la sensibilidad comica judia. Ha enfatizado la funcion liberadora que el humor desempena para los judios, permitiendoles transcender las terribles circunstancias de sus vidas. Jacobson no cree que el humor elimine el dolor, pero lo hace mas soportable al reivindicar y celebrar la vida. Esta convencido de que hay algo particularmente judio en el modo de combinar la comedia y la tragedia en las novelas judias, porque los judios siempre han bromeado ante el infortunio. Jacobson tambien subraya que desde el principio la novela se ha definido por su caracter subversivo y desafiante. Despues de explicar las principales ideas de Jacobson sobre la comedia y en que medida las comparten otros estudiosos del humor judio, en este articulo se analiza como las reproduce el narrador de Kalooki Nights (2006). EnglishMost scholars agree that Jewish humour is a relatively modern phenomenon born out of the unique Jewish experience of exile, segregation and persecution. Howard Jacobson is a British Jewish writer who has always praised comedy and paid special attention to Jewish comic sensibility. He has emphasised the coping and liberating function that humour has exercised for the Jews, allowing them to transcend the terrible circumstances of their lives. Jacobson does not believe that humour removes pain, but that it contributes an emotional factor that makes the pain more bearable by affirming and celebrating life. He is convinced that there is something particularly Jewish about the way in which he fuses comedy and tragedy in his novels, since Jews have always joked in the face of affliction. Jacobson also stresses how from the very beginning the novel has been defined by its subversive and God-defying character. After explaining Jacobson’s main ideas on comedy and how they are shared by scholars who have examined the characteristic features of Jewish humour, I will analyse how they are reproduced by the narrator in Kalooki Nights (2006).

1 citations

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TL;DR: In this paper, Howard Jacobson is a great comic novelist who fuses comedy and tragedy in his novels because he firmly believes that the more tragic the themes the more obliged he is to exploit the comedy in them.
Abstract: Jewish people have used humor as a talisman to survive in a world hedged with the threat of every horror and every ignominy. Howard Jacobson is a great comic novelist who fuses comedy and tragedy in his novels because he firmly believes that the more tragic the themes the more obliged he is to exploit the comedy in them. In fact, in Kalooki Nights Jacobson shows not only that it is possible to laugh about the Holocaust without minimizing the horrifying reality being explored, but that comedy is a mode of survival that offers us a renewed sense of life in the midst of so much pain.

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36 citations

Dissertation
23 Feb 2015
TL;DR: In this paper, the relationship between identity and humour in The Finkler Question (2010) by the British Jewish author Howard Jacobson and An Evening of Long Goodbyes by the Irish author Paul Murray is analyzed.
Abstract: Questa tesi analizza la relazione tra identità e umorismo in An Evening of Long Goodbyes (2003) dell’autore irlandese Paul Murray, e in The Finkler Question (2010) dello scrittore anglo-ebraico Howard Jacobson. Mentre il capitolo introduttivo pone le basi teoriche e metodologiche dell’intero lavoro e giustifica la scelta di affiancare gli ambiti anglo-ebraico e irlandese, nei capitoli successivi vengono indagate le ragioni storiche e culturali che hanno portato alla costruzione di stereotipi letterari rivolti alle due culture. Successivamente si analizzano i modi in cui le fiorenti tradizioni comiche ebraica e irlandese abbiano tentato di scardinare tali distorsioni. Si opera infine un raffronto con la letteratura contemporanea anglo-ebraica e irlandese, per mostrare come i due romanzi oggetto di analisi applichino strategie proprie della tradizione comica alle loro spalle rivisitandola attraverso uno sguardo personale e contemporaneo, per rovesciare viete e stereotipiche versioni di ebraicità e irlandesità, e restituire così un’immagine più autentica, seppur più ambivalente, della loro identità nazionale e culturale. This dissertation studies the relationship between identity and humour in The Finkler Question (2010) by the British Jewish author Howard Jacobson and An Evening of Long Goodbyes (2003) by the Irish author Paul Murray. While an introductory section of the thesis sets the theoretical and methodological framework for the entire work and motivates the choice to place Irish and Jewish studies together, the following section explores the construction of literary stereotypes on the Jews and the Irish, highlighting the cultural and historical context in which they emerged. The ways in which the Jewish and the Irish remarkable comic traditions disrupt and subvert these stereotypes are then investigated. The works of Jacobson and Murray are then analysed in order to see how they inherited the legacy bequeathed by the comic tradition behind them, exploiting it in more personal and original ways to topple mummiffied versions of Jewishness and Irishness and retrace a more authentic, if more ambivalent, representations of their national and cultural identities. Firma dello studente ________________

32 citations

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TL;DR: In this article, Dreyfus and Langton present a collection of ten essays about writing the Holocaust, including essays from the authors and editors of this collection. But they do not discuss the authorship of these essays.
Abstract: Writing the Holocaust Jean-Marc Dreyfus and Daniel Langton (eds.) New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2011 192 pp., US $35.00 (pbk) In this collection of ten essays, editors Jean-Marc Dreyfus and Daniel...

26 citations

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01 Jan 2015
TL;DR: Bibliografia relativa a Filologia Inglesa publicada en Espana en 2013 and 2014 as discussed by the authors, and Bibliography on English Studies published in Spain, 2013, 2014.
Abstract: Bibliografia relativa a Filologia Inglesa publicada en Espana en 2013 y 2014. Bibliography on English Studies published in Spain, 2013 and 2014.

15 citations

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TL;DR: The Gospel of John as discussed by the authors introduces the reader into a relationship with the Word of God incarnate in Jesus Christ and draws them into the conflict that Jesus and the early Christian church faced in making known and proclaiming God's living presence in the Roman world.
Abstract: The Gospel of John invites the reader into a relationship with the Word of God incarnate in Jesus Christ. In compelling ways the actions, teachings and signs of Jesus draw the reader into the conflict that Jesus and the early Christian church faced in making known and proclaiming God's living presence in the Roman world. Jesus' final words from the cross, \"It is finished,\" proclaim the completion of Jesus' earthly ministry and Jesus' resurrection words, \"Receive the Holy Spirit,\" empower and lead us into our life and witness to Jesus Christ in the 21st century world.

7 citations