'A space for me': Jewishness, Memory and Identity in Julia Pascal's Holocaust Trilogy

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/41613
Title:
'A space for me': Jewishness, Memory and Identity in Julia Pascal's Holocaust Trilogy
Authors:
Greenhalgh, Susanne
Abstract:
This essay examines Julia Pascal's three plays on the Holocaust in relation to Omer Bartov's concept of the Holocaust as a crisis in identity. Pascal’s work is further contextualised in relation to contemporary critical debates concerning memory and memorialisation of the Holocaust, and the modes of theatricality to which this gives rise. The plays are situated as part of the new 'internationalism'and 'bilingualism' newly emergent in British women's theatre and performance in recent years, which foreground questions of territorial, national and cultural identification. Pascal's exploration of what she terms 'the fractured world of exile', is exemplified in her experimentation with physical theatre techniques, her collaborations with Ruth Posner - herself a holocaust survivor- and Thomas Kampe, son of a Wehrmacht veteran, and her interrogation of post-Holocaust language, through dramatic figures (for instance the interpreter protagonist in A Dead Woman On Holiday), the prevalence of multilingualism in her texts, and the creation of diverse 'soundscapes'. Pascal's plays engage in forms of memorial reconstruction on both the narrative and metatheatrical levels, celebrating the survival of Jewish culture and language, whilst also responding to the emerging understanding of the Holocaust as focal point of a new European moral 'shared memory' and as an evolving global icon.
Citation:
In the Open: Jewish Women Writers and British Culture. ed. Claire Tylee. University of Delaware Press, 2006.
Publisher:
University of Delaware Press
Issue Date:
2004
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/41613
Additional Links:
http://www2.lib.udel.edu/udpress/intheopen.htm
Type:
Book chapter
Language:
en
ISBN:
0874139333
Appears in Collections:
Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance Collection

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dc.contributor.authorGreenhalgh, Susanne-
dc.date.accessioned2008-12-01T08:44:20Z-
dc.date.available2008-12-01T08:44:20Z-
dc.date.issued2004-
dc.identifier.citationIn the Open: Jewish Women Writers and British Culture. ed. Claire Tylee. University of Delaware Press, 2006.en
dc.identifier.isbn0874139333-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/41613-
dc.description.abstractThis essay examines Julia Pascal's three plays on the Holocaust in relation to Omer Bartov's concept of the Holocaust as a crisis in identity. Pascal’s work is further contextualised in relation to contemporary critical debates concerning memory and memorialisation of the Holocaust, and the modes of theatricality to which this gives rise. The plays are situated as part of the new 'internationalism'and 'bilingualism' newly emergent in British women's theatre and performance in recent years, which foreground questions of territorial, national and cultural identification. Pascal's exploration of what she terms 'the fractured world of exile', is exemplified in her experimentation with physical theatre techniques, her collaborations with Ruth Posner - herself a holocaust survivor- and Thomas Kampe, son of a Wehrmacht veteran, and her interrogation of post-Holocaust language, through dramatic figures (for instance the interpreter protagonist in A Dead Woman On Holiday), the prevalence of multilingualism in her texts, and the creation of diverse 'soundscapes'. Pascal's plays engage in forms of memorial reconstruction on both the narrative and metatheatrical levels, celebrating the survival of Jewish culture and language, whilst also responding to the emerging understanding of the Holocaust as focal point of a new European moral 'shared memory' and as an evolving global icon.en
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dc.publisherUniversity of Delaware Pressen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www2.lib.udel.edu/udpress/intheopen.htmen
dc.subjectJulia Pascalen
dc.subjectHolocaust dramaen
dc.subjectJewishnessen
dc.subjectIdentityen
dc.subjectMemoryen
dc.title'A space for me': Jewishness, Memory and Identity in Julia Pascal's Holocaust Trilogyen
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