When Facts Become Figures: Figurative Dynamics in Youth Holocaust Literature

  • Joanna Krongold


Despite the increasing temporal distance from the events of World War II, youth literature about the Holocaust continues to provide fertile ground for experimentation in form and content. This chapter traces the shifting figurative dynamics in Holocaust literature for children and young adults, from well-known wartime writings (such as Anne Frank’s diary) to postwar memoirs (such as Elie Wiesel’s Night) to contemporary fantastical fictions (such as Suzanne Collins’ Underland Chronicles). Holocaust literature for young people incorporates creative and mutable methods of utilizing language to represent atrocity and genocide. The chapter pays close attention to wartime experimentation, the establishment of postwar conventions of Holocaust memoir and narrative, and the transformation of the Holocaust into a metaphor and trope in popular fantasy series.


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  • Joanna Krongold
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  1. 1.University of TorontoTorontoCanada

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