. Terror in Letters

Marc Redfield

in The Rhetoric of Terror

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231232
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241118 | DOI:
. Terror in Letters

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It is not easy enough to accept the idea that literature might have to struggle to remain adequate to catastrophic experience. Catastrophic terror exceeds anyone's capacity to grasp them, not just because memory fails, but because the memories being remembered resist of being put in any framework of reality. That is why Levi keeps on insisting that only dead could give uncompromised testimony. Because many testimonies gathered are diluted with false witness and not unclear information because those who give their testimony are engulf ed with their emotions and fear that they cannot clearly recollect their memories and experiences, and these circumstances produced a doubt on the authenticity of information or experiences recorded. This is the problem of why language is having a problem in revealing the truth in literary efforts.

Keywords: literature; information; fear; experiences; memories; terror; testimony; truth

Chapter.  2730 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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