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boundary 2 (2010) 37 (3): 57–68.
Published: 01 August 2010
... is the eleventh chapter of Primo Levi’s Sur- vival in Auschwitz, where he describes trying to cobble together from mem- ory Dante’s Canto XXVI as he and a young Frenchman named Jean are carrying the morning ration across the camp. Levi himself says he doesn’t know why it sprung to his mind, but it did...
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boundary 2 (2017) 44 (1): 107–123.
Published: 01 February 2017
... and the pornographic. © 2017 by Duke University Press 2017 Bernard Stiegler Jean-Luc Godard Primo Levi cinema fascism References Adorno Theodor W. 1991 . “The Schema of Mass Culture.” In The Culture Industry: Selected Essays on Mass Culture , 53 – 84 . London : Routledge...
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boundary 2 (2023) 50 (4): 49–60.
Published: 01 November 2023
...—and it is that chronicling of the unthinkable horror of the Shoah which usually comes to mind when we think of “Witnessing.” (Elie Wiesel or Primo Levi come to mind, but also to some extent poets like Abba Gavener or Sutskever.) But not only did Celan not write or bear witness in terms of a prosopopoeia, but, according...
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boundary 2 (2001) 28 (2): 203–228.
Published: 01 May 2001
... or an experience they consistently maintain is beyond their abilities to comprehend. In The Drowned and the Saved, Primo Levi writes compellingly about the ‘‘gray 29. Adorno, Negative Dialectics, 362–63; my emphasis. 222 boundary 2 / Summer 2001 zone’’ of the concentration camp, in which the distinction...
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boundary 2 (2020) 47 (3): 177–184.
Published: 01 August 2020
... in Ger- many at the time. Sebald believed that only survivors, like Primo Levi, had a right to write about Auschwitz; otherwise, one might either freeze in the face of terror, succumb to the aestheticized and politically correct Holo- caust industry like Thomas Keneally s safely sentimental Schindler s...
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boundary 2 (2006) 33 (1): 229–245.
Published: 01 February 2006
... famously by Theodor Adorno: can lyric poetry be written after—much less during— the systematic extermination of the European Jews (258). Primo Levi (cited by John Leonard, The Nation, April 9, 2001): ‘‘I would have reformulated Adorno’s remark like this: After Auschwitz, there can be no more poetry...
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boundary 2 (2001) 28 (3): 207–216.
Published: 01 August 2001
.... Judy / Beside the Two Camps 211 Taking his cues from Primo Levy, Theodor Adorno, and Emmanuel Levinas, the scope of Gilroy’s argument in Against Race is the conceptual history of modernity. In that sense, his project is a legitimate contribution to the history of ideas akin to Léon...
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boundary 2 (2023) 50 (4): 75–96.
Published: 01 November 2023
... in the camps—which Primo Levi ( 1969 : 82) suggests in Survival in Auschwitz might be an image of all twentieth-century evil compressed—but the cavernous living eyes of the survivor returning to the site of the incomprehensible crime to expose it. Srebrnik's eyes are not absent but elsewhere, far-off...
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boundary 2 (2023) 50 (4): 61–73.
Published: 01 November 2023
... was ever present in my childhood, and my father's library had many books by survivors who did break silence: Eugen Kogen, Primo Levi, Olga Lengyel. Mass-market paperbacks with lurid titles ( The Theory and Practice of Hell , I Survived Hitler's Ovens ). What I could not read was my father's story, which I...
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boundary 2 (2007) 34 (1): 1–15.
Published: 01 February 2007
... of fascism as a living reminder of what once had happened in the past and could surely recur in the present. In the 1970s, Primo Levi consistently declared that every age could expect the return of fascism in new and different registers—what he described as the “Silent Nazi Dias- pora...
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boundary 2 (2009) 36 (3): 183–202.
Published: 01 August 2009
...) and much praised by poetic con- servatives, rewrites through “The World as Meditation” Primo Levi’s reminis- cence of “The Canto of Ulysses” in Auschwitz, recalled from the survivor’s bed back home in Turin. Stevens’s Penelope awaits Ulysses, but meantime the “patient syllables” of the poem itself...
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boundary 2 (2017) 44 (4): 179–194.
Published: 01 November 2017
... as the quintessential victims of a modern history— indeed, victims of a civilization that has gone barbaric (Adorno, Primo Levi, Arendt). On the other hand, they are said to be redeemed through a pro- cess of a successful (re)integration into a Western civilization that is said to heal itself (from its looming...
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boundary 2 (2023) 50 (4): 29–48.
Published: 01 November 2023
... change alters a great deal of the way in which it can be seen and illuminated” (27). “The World of Paul Celan” is such a series—is, in fact, the final or culminating series of a cycle of series dealing with World War II, a work that began in the 1980s with the series using Primo Levi's “Periodic...
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boundary 2 (2013) 40 (3): 1–38.
Published: 01 August 2013
... the most modern and most convincing theory of testimony, relative, this time, to the testimony of the survivor. As is well known, this theory was formal- ized by Giorgio Agamben, about ten years ago, in the footsteps of Primo Levi. In truth, though, it had been gestating for at least two decades...