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Male Confessions: Intimate Revelations and the Religious Imagination (review)

Male Confessions: Intimate Revelations and the Religious Imagination (review) 860 Biography 33.4 (Fall 2010) The three disparate sections of Kaplan’s study all relate to aspects of the Holocaust and memory. However, the term from the book’s title set to link the three parts remains too unspecifi c to provide unity beyond the thematic. Indeed, “landscape” is used differently throughout the text, sometimes refer- ring directly to the physical environment, at other moments evoking a more abstract notion of mnemonic grounding. The two-page outline of how this key term is going to be employed does not quite provide conclusive guidance beyond stating that the author will bring “spatial troping to this discourse” of Holocaust studies (3). The resulting vagueness in the usage of “landscape” leads to phrases where the added meaning is questionable, as when Kaplan concludes that her work “gesture[s] towards . . . the multinational scope of landscapes of Holocaust postmemory” (196). The study nevertheless invites further research about how the spaces of memory relate to the Nazi attitude towards territory and the environment, to issues such as “Lebensraum,” the fascist mythologizing of blood and soil, or to the proto-environmentalist glo- rifi cation of farm life. While to this reviewer at least the fi rst two parts http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Male Confessions: Intimate Revelations and the Religious Imagination (review)

Biography , Volume 33 (4) – Mar 23, 2011

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860 Biography 33.4 (Fall 2010) The three disparate sections of Kaplan’s study all relate to aspects of the Holocaust and memory. However, the term from the book’s title set to link the three parts remains too unspecifi c to provide unity beyond the thematic. Indeed, “landscape” is used differently throughout the text, sometimes refer- ring directly to the physical environment, at other moments evoking a more abstract notion of mnemonic grounding. The two-page outline of how this key term is going to be employed does not quite provide conclusive guidance beyond stating that the author will bring “spatial troping to this discourse” of Holocaust studies (3). The resulting vagueness in the usage of “landscape” leads to phrases where the added meaning is questionable, as when Kaplan concludes that her work “gesture[s] towards . . . the multinational scope of landscapes of Holocaust postmemory” (196). The study nevertheless invites further research about how the spaces of memory relate to the Nazi attitude towards territory and the environment, to issues such as “Lebensraum,” the fascist mythologizing of blood and soil, or to the proto-environmentalist glo- rifi cation of farm life. While to this reviewer at least the fi rst two parts

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Published: Mar 23, 2011

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