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Title Laughter after : humor and the Holocaust / edited by David Slucki, Gabriel N. Finder, and Avinoam Patt
Published Detroit : Wayne State University Press, [2020]
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Description 1 online resource (vii, 350 pages)
Contents Introduction : To Tell Jokes After Auschwitz Is Barbaric, Isn't It? / David Slucki, Gabriel N. Finder, and Avinoam Patt -- Aftermath -- Hitler Hanging on the Tree : Humor and Violence in Soviet Yiddish Folklore of World War II / Anna Shternshis -- Too Soon? Yiddish Humor and the Holocaust in Postwar Poland / Marc Caplan -- Is It Still Funny? : Lin Jaldati and Yiddish Satire Before and After the Holocaust / David Shneer -- I. B. Singer's Art of Ghost Writing in 'Enemies, A Love Story' / Jan Schwarz -- "A Ring of Fire" : Humor and the Holocaust / Stephen J. Whitfield -- Breaking Taboos -- Nebbishes, New Jews, and Humor : The Changing Image of American Jewish Masculinity Post-Holocaust / Jennifer Caplan -- "We're Safe Here, but Poland Is a State of Mind" : The Exploitation of Holocaust Consciousness in Jewish Fiction and Memoirs / Jarrod Tanny -- "This Way to the Ovens, Señoras y Señores" : Holocaust Cartoons in Latin America / Ilan Stavans -- The Image of Anne Frank : From Universal Hero to Comic Figure / Liat Steir-¬Livny -- "I'm Allowed, I'm a Jew" : Oliver Polak and Jewish Humor in Contemporary Germany After the Holocaust / Gabriel N. Finder -- "The Holocaust Was the Worst" : Remembering the Holocaust Through Third-Generation Jokes / Jordana Silverstein -- "Yad Vashem, You So Fine!" : The Place of the Shoah in Contemporary Israeli and American Comedy / Avinoam Patt -- "Did You Ever See Our Show?" : Holocaust Comedy in American Sitcoms / David Slucki -- The Last Laugh? / Ferne Pearlstein and Robert Edwards
Summary "Laughter After: Humor and the Holocaust argues that humor performs political, cultural, and social functions in the wake of horror. Co-editors David Slucki, Gabriel N. Finder, and Avinoam Patt have assembled an impressive list of contributors who examine what is at stake in deploying humor in representing the Holocaust. Namely, what are the boundaries? Clearly, there have been comedy and laughter in the decades since. However, the extent to which humor can be ethically deployed in representing and discussing the Holocaust is not as clear. This book comes at an important moment in the trajectory of Holocaust memory. As the generation of survivors continues to dwindle, there is great concern among scholars and community leaders about how memories and lessons of the Holocaust will be passed to future generations. Without survivors to tell their stories, to serve as constant reminders of what they experienced, how will future generations understand and relate to the Shoah? Laughter After is divided into two sections: "Aftermath" and "Breaking Taboos." The contributors to this volume examine case studies from World War II to the present day in considering and reconsidering what role humor can play in the rehabilitation of survivors, of Jews and of the world more broadly. More recently, humor has been used to investigate the role that Holocaust memory plays in contemporary societies, while challenging memorial conventions around the Holocaust and helping shape the way we think about the past. In a world in which Holocaust memory is ubiquitous, even if the Holocaust itself is inadequately understood, it is perhaps not surprising that humor that invokes the Holocaust has become part of the memorial landscape. This book seeks to uncover how and why such humor is deployed, and what the factors are that shape its production and reception. Laughter After will appeal to a number of audiences--from students and scholars of Jewish and Holocaust studies to academics and general readers with an interest in media and performance studies."-- Provided by publisher
A global tour of Jewish humor since the Holocaust
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Humor
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in literature.
Jewish wit and humor.
Wit and humor -- History
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) in literature.
Jewish wit and humor.
Wit and humor.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Caplan, Marc, contributor.
Finder, Gabriel N., editor.
Patt, Avinoam J., editor.
Schwarz, Jan, 1954- contributor.
Shneer, David, 1972- contributor.
Shternshis, Anna, contributor.
Slucki, David, 1984- editor.
ISBN 0814344798