Authenticity, Trauma and the Child's View: Martha Blend’s A Child Alone, Vera Gissing’s Pearls of Childhood and Ruth L. David’s Ein Kind unserer Zeit

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Abstract

This article analyses memory texts by three women Kindertransportees written and published in the 1990s as a creative reflection on specific childhood experiences which inevitably included sadness and loss. The article investigates issues of gender, the genre of Holocaust literature and autobiography. Examining both the normality and extraordinary situations of former Kindertransportees' childhoods, certain ruptures are identified, which are shown to be interlinked with the tension between narrated child self and narrating adult self. This has a defamilarizing effect, which challenges the readership's preconceptions about memory, trauma and rescue associated with the Kindertransport experience.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-212
JournalForum for Modern Language Studies
Volume49
Issue number2
Early online date13 Feb 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2013

Keywords

  • memory literature
  • Kindertransport
  • child refugee
  • National Socialism
  • Holocaust
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Britain
  • defamiliarization

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