Through a close reading of Jonathan Littell's The Kindly Ones (HarperCollins, New York, 2009)- A fictional autobiography describing the life of a former officer in the SS who, decades later, tells the story of a crucial part of his life when he was an active member of the security forces of the Third Reich, as well as perpetrators' testimonies from World War II-this paper focuses on five forms of linguistic attack on linking, by means of which the perpetrator turns his/her allegedly testimonial text into a false representation of a coherent discourse that in fact undermines its own validity. This is achieved by the creation of a double language that dissociates between explicit and implicit meaning, actually rewriting factual and emotional history alike.
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- attacks on linking
- perpetrator's language
- screen memories
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Psychology
- Health(social science)
- Cultural Studies
- Applied Psychology
- Sociology and Political Science