‘The Concentrationary Universe: Primo Levi’s Spatial Consciousness’

Vuohelainen, Minna (2015) ‘The Concentrationary Universe: Primo Levi’s Spatial Consciousness’. In: Vuohelainen, Minna and Chapman, Arthur (eds). Interpreting Primo Levi: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Italian & Italian American Studies. Palgrave, New York, pp. 129-145. ISBN 9781137442338

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Abstract

This chapter examines Levi’s writings in the light of the recent “spatial turn” in the Humanities, arguing that the Holocaust was a profoundly spatial and geographic phenomenon. Levi’s work, Vuohelainen argues, evinces a distinctive spatial consciousness, from the grassroots depictions of survival in the camps in If This Is a Man to the picaresque journey of The Truce to the widening perspectives of Moments of Reprieve and The Drowned and the Saved. The chapter explores the spatial dynamics of Levi’s writings through the theoretical work of Henri Lefebvre, Michel Foucault and Michel de Certeau, arguing for the significance of place and space in Holocaust Studies.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: English Language & Literature
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2016 11:58
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/6973

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