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Concentrationary Art: Jean Cayrol, the Lazarean, and the Everyday in Post-war Film, Literature, Music, and the Visual Arts

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Concentrationary Art

Jean Cayrol, the Lazarean, and the Everyday in Post-war Film, Literature, Music, and the Visual Arts

Edited by Griselda Pollock and Max Silverman

332 pages, 21 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-970-7 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Not Yet Published (February 2019)

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Concentrationary Art is invariably intellectually exhilarating to read, and is hard to put down. It puts forward a new and cogent aesthetic theory in its analysis not only of the wartime ‘concentrationary’, but also of the role of the survivor in a post-war world where traces of the same phenomena persist unseen in the everyday.” • Sue Vice, University of Sheffield

“This is an authoritative, clear, and insightful book. The contributions to this excellent volume offer a novel take on the concentrationary and provide a wider understanding of post-Holocaust art.” • Kathryn Robson, Newcastle University


Largely forgotten over the years, the seminal work of Jean Cayrol has experienced a revival in the French-speaking world since his death in 2005. His ideas on concentrationary art proved to be a major influence for Hannah Arendt and the Frankfurt School, as well as other writers and theorists across a number of disciplines. Concentrationary Art represents the first translation into English of Jean Cayrol’s two essays on the subject, as well as the first book-length study of his theory, its influence, and its use as a tool of cultural and political analysis of art and extreme violence.

Griselda Pollock is Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art and Director of the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History at the University of Leeds. She works on difference, trauma and aesthetics in relation to art, cinema, and visual culture in the twentieth century. Her publications include After-Affect/After-Image: Trauma and Aesthetic Inscription in the Virtual Feminist Museum (2012) and Concentrationary Cinema: Aesthetics as Political Resistance in Alain Resnais's Night and Fog (2012).

Max Silverman is Professor of Modern French Studies at the University of Leeds. He has written on cultural memory, representations of the Holocaust, post-colonial theory and cultures, and immigration, race, and the nation in France. His publications include Concentrationary Cinema: Aesthetics as Political Resistance in Alain Resnais's Night and Fog (2012) and Palimpsestic Memory: The Holocaust and Colonialism in French and Francophone Fiction and Film (2013).

Subject: General Cultural Studies Genocide Studies Postwar History
Area: France Germany


List of Illustrations

Introduction: Lazarus and the Modern World
Max Silverman


Jean Cayrol
Lazarean Dreams
Prison Dreams
Concentrationary Dreams
Salvation Dreams
Dreams of the Future
Post-concentrationary Dreams
Lazarean Literature


Chapter 1. Lazarean Writing in Post-war France
Patrick ffrench

Chapter 2. The Perpetual Anxiety of Lazarus: The Gaze, the Tomb and the Body in the Shroud
Griselda Pollock


Chapter 3. Concentrationary Art and the Reading of Everyday Life: (In)human Spaces in Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)
Max Silverman

Chapter 4. Cinematic Work as Concentrationary Art in Laurent Cantet’s Ressources Humaines (1999)
Matthew John

Chapter 5. After Haunting: A Conceptualization of the Lazarean Image
Benjamin Hannavy Cousen

Chapter 6. Lazarean Sound: The Autonomy of the Auditory from Hanns Eisler (Nuit et Brouillard, 1955) to Susan Philipsz (Night and Fog, 2016)
Griselda Pollock

Concluding Remarks
Griselda Pollock


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