Holocaust Literary and Cinematic Representation: Revealing Effect Upon Femininity

Apr 22nd, 2015
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Nine pages, Focus on Holocaust literature, filmography and text and the discussion of femininity within the texts.

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Holocaust Literary and Cinematic Representation: Revealing Effect Upon Femininity Within Holocaust representation lie issues with the consideration for femininity. While the treatment of woman was subhuman and disgusting, there is an understated representation that takes a more profound examination to understand the toll that the Holocaust had upon femininity and the female sexuality. In excerpts from D.M Thomas, Ida Fink, Charlotte Delbo and Schindler's List, one can construct imagery for the treatment of women. Women were overly sexualized and also stripped of any sexuality. These contrasting developments made the experience more tragic and difficult for woman. There is little consideration for the hardships of being a woman during the Holocaust, where a woman was a malleable vessel, either for the sexual satisfaction of the enemy or a hollow cask of nothing close to human. What does the representation of woman of the Holocaust tell its purveyor about the tragedy? What has the audience to learn of the depiction of women during the Holocaust? The point of view of women has begun to unravel how the experience differed for woman, and also what much of Holocaust representation neglects to explore. Woman experienced a burglary of their femininity and brusque stripping of their sexuality. Charlotte Delbo brings to light a perspective many do not consider when reading about the Holocaust. When one considers Holocaust representation often times they picture death cam

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