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David H. Hirsch

Bio: David H. Hirsch is an academic researcher from Brown University. The author has contributed to research in topics: The Holocaust & Hebraism. The author has an hindex of 1, co-authored 3 publications receiving 2 citations.

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TL;DR: In this article, the authors present a strategy for exposing witness accounts to an uncompromising criteria of evidentiality and plausibility, designed to test their representational quality as a means of preempting negationist attempts to manipulate "faulty" accounts.
Abstract: Witness testimonies provide a singular challenge to historians of Auschwitz. Survivor accounts offer a privileged perspective on the world of the camp, yet as recent conceptual work has shown the performative structure of these texts exceeds and eludes this representational duty. The challenge for historians is that, given their privileged, ‘insider’ status, any equivocality regarding the content of witness testimonies provides space for Holocaust denial. This paper offers a critical reading of one historical strategy for meeting this challenge: Exposing witness accounts to an uncompromising criteria of evidentiality and plausibility, designed to test their representational quality as a means of preempting negationist attempts to manipulate ‘faulty’ accounts. Drawing on Lyotard, I argue that, even as this strategy succeeds in refuting individual cases of denial, by refusing to enter into dialogue with the language game of testimony, and, more importantly, by invalidating any attempt to do so, this strateg...

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23 Dec 2017
TL;DR: In this article, the authors define the double as a possible theme of the Fantastic genre that remains present in this Poe's burlesque narrative, and they also study the relationship between the double and the gothic motif of pact with the devil.
Abstract: Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Duc de L’Omelette” is a tale published in 1832, in the The Philadelphia Saturday Courier. In this satirical work, Poe chooses the gothic motif of pact with the devil, but his sarcasm has specific contextual allusions and therefore literary criticism had found that the account is not important in itself. The aim of this study is to define the double as a possible theme of the Fantastic genre that remains present in this Poe’s burlesque narrative.

1 citations