Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
International Studies: Latin America and the Caribbean, LACS: Hispanic and Italian Studies
Dr. Anne Lambright
What effect does the ubiquity of death in a traumatic experience have on an individual's memory and soul, and how is this manifested in one's written testimony? Through the analysis of their philosophical introspection, the testimonies of Primo Levi's The Drowned and the Saved, Jorge Semprún's Literature or Life, and Jacobo Timerman's Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number meditate on the atrocities they experienced during Levi and Semprún's incarceration under the Nazi regime in Europe between 1942 and 1945, and Timerman's imprisonment under the regime of Jorge Rafael Videla in Argentina between 1976 and 1983. The aporetic condition in recounting these events is their attempt to bear witness to the totality of an event so heavily steeped with the finitude of death. In doing so, these three men deconstruct the phenomenology of the experience during internment to make sense of their existence as free men.
McNair, Andrew, "La muerte, la memoria y la filosofía existencial en la literatura testimonial pos-dictatorial de Primo Levi, Jorge Semprún y Jacobo Timerman". Senior Theses, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 2014.
Trinity College Digital Repository, https://digitalrepository.trincoll.edu/theses/372
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