The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture After the Holocaust

Hirsch, Marianne. The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture After the Holocaust. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2012. Print book or eBook.


This book engages with “postgeneration” artists and writers, including Art Spiegelman, Lorie Novak, and W. G. Sebald, and investigates their “postmemorial” aesthetic of recovering the past without appropriating it. Hirsch argues, with some input by historian Leo Spitzer, that memories of traumatic events live on in future generations as a haunting, inherited “postmemory.”


Columbia University Press




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