Researcher ORCID Identifier
Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Humanities: Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture
Myriam J.A. Chancy
2021 Anastasia A Kourotchkina
This thesis examines the process of witnessing in Cynthia Ozick’s novella Rosa as a crucial part of living in the aftermath of Holocaust. By using Kelly Oliver’s concept of witnessing, I approach the process of witnessing trauma as the process of restoring subjectivity. As my analysis of Ozick’s Rosa shows, what prevents both Rosa and those around her to bear witness to trauma is the failure to imagine oneself as implicated in the traumas of the other. I conclude that the tendency to ignore the essential connection and dependence that exists between the Self and the other is enabled by the construction of difference.
Kourotchkina, Anastasia, "WITNESSING DIFFERENCE: AN EXPLORATION OF LIVING IN THE AFTERMATH OF TRAUMA IN POST-HOLOCAUST AMERICA IN CYNTHIA OZICK’S “ROSA”" (2021). Scripps Senior Theses. 1908.