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  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (30 April 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415903920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415903929
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 611,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In a country like the United States, where we make a practice out of startegically erasing memories that lay bare the harsh realities of the ideology that drives our history of violence and domination, and in classrooms where we generally ignore the voices and experiences of students - a great many of whom have witnessed the brutality of the streets, poverty, racism, and discrimination - the lessons of this book are a must."-"Harvard Educational Review, Summer 1995 "In subsequent essays Felman displays her considerable literay prowess. Her analysis of Albert Camus's "The Plague and "The Fall as Holocaust literature is compelling, so muchso that it drove this reader to reread these works and to read them quite differently.."-"Oral History Review ." . . a remarkable book for many reasons. "Testimony endows the survivor, the victim and its witness with a sober and forceful way of attesting to the unnamable and invisible presence of its event."-"Psychoanalytic Books

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Shoshana Felman is the Thomas E. Donnelly Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Yale University. Dori Laub is a psychiatrist engaged in the treatment of trauma survivors and is cofounder of the Holocaust Survivors' Film Project and of the Video Archives for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 July 1997
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Testimony a brilliant and profound book. Analysing stories from the Holocaust, Felman and Laub argue the importance for society of witnessing those who have lived beyond the boundaries of existing cultural systems, and therefore their own capacity for witnessing themselves. A compelling and understated book for anyone interested in the boundaries of our own history and epistemology, and the hazards of venturing beyond them.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 July 1999
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Compared to most reflections on trauma and the holocaust (especially academic pig-headedness) this one stands out for its furious energy (often synonymous with intelligence), its naivete but also its paranoid intellectual evasiveness: in the end it doesn't know what it wants to say, which may have to do with its often tenuous, or non existent personal relation to its topic. If you like style over substance this is a definite must: Its rage still beats most academic useless blabla.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
One of the most important books for our times 6 July 1997
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Testimony a brilliant and profound book. Analysing stories from the Holocaust, Felman and Laub argue the importance for society of witnessing those who have lived beyond the boundaries of existing cultural systems, and therefore their own capacity for witnessing themselves. A compelling and understated book for anyone interested in the boundaries of our own history and epistemology, and the hazards of venturing beyond them
12 of 40 people found the following review helpful
naive, furious and paranoid 10 July 1999
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Compared to most reflections on trauma and the holocaust (especially academic pig-headedness) this one stands out for its furious energy (often synonymous with intelligence), its naivete but also its paranoid intellectual evasiveness: in the end it doesn't know what it wants to say, which may have to do with its often tenuous, or non existent personal relation to its topic. If you like style over substance this is a definite must: Its rage still beats most academic useless blabla.
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partially uncommitted, self involved thinking 18 Nov. 2000
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I must agree with the reader who says there is more style than substance in this book. This applies particularly to S. Felman's part of the book. D. Laub's articles are straightforward and clear, Felman's essays, however, are intellectually self involved, and convey a nervous kind of circular argumentation. This comes across as a very neurotic writing. But may be it's a sign of the times that trauma becomes a pretext for the somewhat usual textual interpretations of academic authors. May be it's also to be expected that most writers fail somewhat when they try to talk about personal or collective suffering. It is a difficult subject for sure. Read the book for its failures.
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