The Deconstruction of Literature: Criticism after Auschwitz

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A relentless critique of anti-humanism in deconstructionist and postmodern literary theory and its historical and ideological connections to Nazism.

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The author's scholarly treatise delineates the decline of contemporary literature by proponents of the deconstructionist movement in Europe. He illustrates how literature became alienated from the human element as European culture disintegrated with the advent of World War II and the rise of inhumanity and the atrocities in Germany. Although the new criticism attempted to absolve the European philosophers, e.g., Heidegger, who ignored the situation, Hirsch finds this stance ludicrous and holds them responsible for the empty literature that evolved. Furthermore, he repudiates the belief that Nazism was masterminded by the uneducated and is further appalled by the revisionist view of this chapter of history by Nazi sympathizers. This is a disturbing, skeptical, and well-researched study that will be a welcome addition to the literary criticism collections of academic libraries.
- Mary Ellen Beck, Troy P.L., N.Y.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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