Master of Arts (MA)
First Advisor's Name
Dr. Ana Luszczynska
First Advisor's Committee Title
Dr. Asher Milbauer
Second Advisor's Name
Dr. Heather Russell
Elie Wiesel, The Time of the Uprooted, Jacques Derrida, Jean Luc Nancy, Deconstruction, Literary Criticism, Otherness, The Secret, being-with, Community
Date of Defense
This thesis explores the implications of bearing witness as testimony, and the recuperation of community and identity in the wake of exile. Through a close reading of Elie Wiesel’s The Time of the Uprooted, alongside the theories of Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Nancy (among others), I argue that a True Testimony cannot exist, and yet despite this fact, there is a necessity to bear witness in the face of the Other. The realization suggests an imperative of a different order—one that steps back from the very notion of truth, to instead accept the impossibility of truth in any act of witnessing. By comparing Wiesel’s metaphysical framework to post-structural philosophies, I am able to blur the lines between an exile’s metaphysical feelings of isolation and strangeness from both others and themselves to the effects of recognizing and accepting that all language is différance.
Carbonell, Cristina T., "A Deconstruction of Elie Wiesel's The Time of the Uprooted" (2014). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1246.
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