Rothbergs traumatic realism makes a crucial albeit controversial foray into the questions of representation that are central within holocaust discourse college literature rothbergs concept of traumatic realism traverses some crucial fault lines in holocaust studies. Traumatic realism the demands of holocaust representation michael rothberg on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers literary theory cultural studies analyzes the impact of historical trauma on contemporary culture how to approach the holocaust and its relationship to late twentieth century society while some stress the impossibility of comprehending this event. In traumatic realism michael rothberg engages the question how to comprehend the holocaust and its relationship to contemporary culture by reevaluating the function of realism in representing the holocaust 1 an event generally assumed to pose unique challenges to realism and to representation . Book description drawing on a wide range of texts michael rothberg puts forth an overarching framework for understanding representations of the holocaust. Page 1 cognition of the object in its constellation is cognition of the process stored in the object as a constellation theoretical thought circles the concept it would like to unseal hoping that it may fly open like the lock of a wellguarded safe deposit box in response not to a single key or a single number but to a combination of numbers
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