Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor's Name

Michael P. Gillespie

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Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Asher Z. Milbauer

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member

Third Advisor's Name

Ana Luszczynska

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Committee Member


English language and literature, Ethnomusicology, European languages and societies, Jewish studies, Modern literature, Slavic languages and societies

Date of Defense



This thesis compares two perspectives on the production of Holocaust memory: a novel that leads up to The Holocaust in Britain and one that reflects the hindsight perspective of a liberator in the Soviet Union. The novels are Virginia Woolf’s BETWEEN THE ACTS and Vasily Grossman’s LIFE AND FATE. The analysis offers a locus of analysis for the diasporic literary energy created by the catastrophe in the 20th and 21st centuries. The project offers a theorized standpoint on the role of literature on official historical archives. Proposing a method through which contemporary readers can engage the diasporic event of The Holocaust, the project adopts both the extended metaphor and literal expression of soundscapes. Soundscapes encompass the immaterial processes of memorialization and the literal sonic textures developed in Holocaust novels. The critical perspective incorporates contemporary notions of narratology, archival practices, and cultural manifestations of language into the notion of literary ethnomusicology.





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