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Publications

2019
Just Literature: Philosophical Criticism and Justice
Zamir, Tzachi. Just Literature: Philosophical Criticism and Justice. New York: Routledge, 2019. Print.
Gulag Literature and the Literature of Nazi Camps: An Intercontexual Reading
Toker, Leona. Gulag Literature and the Literature of Nazi Camps: An Intercontexual Reading. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2019. Print.Abstract
Devoted to the ways in which Holocaust literature and gulag literature provide contexts for each other, Leona Toker's Gulag Literature and the Literature of Nazi Camps shows how the prominent features of one shed light on the veiled features and methods of the other. Toker views these narratives and texts against the background of historical information about the Soviet and the Nazi regimes of repression. Writers at the center of this work include Varlam Shalamov, Primo Levi, Elie Wiesel, and Ka-Tzetnik, and others including Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, Evgeniya Ginzburg, and Jorge Semprun illuminate the discussion. Toker’s twofold analysis concentrates on the narrative qualities of the works as well as how each text documents the writer’s experience. She provides insight into how fictionalized narrative can double as historical testimony, how references to events might have become obscure owing to the passage of time and the cultural diversity of readers, and how these references form new meaning in the text. Toker is well-known as a skillful interpreter of gulag literature, and this text presents new thinking about how gulag literature and Holocaust literature enable a better understanding about testimony in the face of evil. 
Fantasies of Self-Mourning: Modernism, the Posthuman and the Finite
Borg, Ruben. Fantasies of Self-Mourning: Modernism, the Posthuman and the Finite. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2019. Print.Abstract
In Fantasies of Self-Mourning Ruben Borg describes the formal features of a posthuman, cyborgian imaginary at work in modernism. The book’s central claim is that modernism invents the posthuman as a way to think through the contradictions of its historical moment. Borg develops a posthumanist critique of the concept of organic life based on comparative readings of Pirandello, Woolf, Beckett, and Flann O’Brien, alongside discussions of Alfred Hitchcock, Chris Marker, Béla Tarr, Ridley Scott and Mamoru Oshii. The argument draws together a cluster of modernist narratives that contemplate the separation of a cybernetic eye from a human body—or call for a tearing up of the body understood as a discrete organic unit capable of synthesizing desire and sense perception.