Studien zu Jean Amérys politischem Ethos nach Auschwitz
Edited By Sylvia Weiler and Michael Hofmann
Lesen und Autorschaft nach 1945. Mit dem Werk Jean Amérys arbeiten
Abstract: In this article, the author exemplifies his thesis that Jean Améry’s essays can be read as a practical and theoretical organon of a new conception of literature after the rupture in civilisation and culture signified by the Shoah. Throughout his work, Améry illustrates how the experiences of torture and extermination have infiltrated not only his perception and understanding of life, but also his reading of literature. Höller shows how literary reminiscences weave into Améry’s descriptions of the way these experiences have marked his existence. This strategy allows Améry to add new shades of meaning to literary works which are deeply infiltrated by his real-life experience of the fracture of civilisation and culture after 1945. Furthermore, Améry demonstrates that every reading is intensified and updated, as well as rendered more dramatic in the light of personal experience. The author demonstrates how Améry, instead of evoking literature to undo the fracture of culture after 1945 or to bridge it, tries to convey this sense of a modified reading through his deeply rooted awareness of destruction. Consequently, a new conception of literature after the Shoah should, according to the author, be based on the readers’ attempts to engage in this modified reading mode to let it saturate their reasoning and their perception of reality and, eventually, open it for the unsettling and disquieting experiences of people suffering. Höller also reminds of the fact that this conception of literature is political in more...
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