Women’s Embodied Narratives of the Holocaust

Monday, 4 November 2013, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, IWM library
© Linda Rees and Sheldon Helfman / Wikimedia Commons

Daughters of Earth, Holocaust series, Muriel Nezhnie and Sheldon Helfman’s personal collection

In her presentation Louise O. Vasvári will discuss how Holocaust survivor women narrate their physically and psychologically traumatized war experiences through the foregrounding of gendered bodily experiences, that is, the role the body plays in recounting traumatic memory. Her ultimate aim is to represent through these women’s works a “community of memory,” or prosopography, a collective study of the common characteristics of a historical group whose individual biographies may be largely untraceable.

Louise O. Vasvári is Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and Linguistics at the Stony Brook University in New York.

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