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Kella, Elizabeth
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Kella, E. (2023). From Survivor to Im/migrant Motherhood and Beyond: Margit Silberstein’s Postmemorial Autobiography, Förintelsens Barn. In: Helena Wahlström Henriksson; Anna Williams; Margaretha Fahlgren (Ed.), Narratives of Motherhood and Mothering in Fiction and Life Writing: (pp. 93-114). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From Survivor to Im/migrant Motherhood and Beyond: Margit Silberstein’s Postmemorial Autobiography, Förintelsens Barn
2023 (English)In: Narratives of Motherhood and Mothering in Fiction and Life Writing / [ed] Helena Wahlström Henriksson; Anna Williams; Margaretha Fahlgren, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2023, p. 93-114Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The Swedish journalist and author Margit Silberstein’s autobiographical memoir, Förintelsens Barn (2021), represents her post-war upbringing in a survivor family. Both parents were Hungarian-speaking Jews from Transylvania, who were the only members of their respective families to survive horrendous persecution and conditions during the war. After the war they immigrated to a small town in Sweden, where Margit and her brother were born. This chapter examines the tensions in Silberstein’s account of her childhood and her relations with her parents, particularly her mother, viewing these tensions as stemming from characteristics of and contradictions between later postmemorial writing and the im/migrant literature of Sweden today, both of which are conditioned by their social contexts, including those of antisemitism. Silberstein’s work brings Holocaust postmemoir into dialogue with im/migrant autobiography in contemporary Sweden, and it suggests that this dialogue will continue to the third generation, Silberstein’s children.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2023
Series
Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life, ISSN 2731-6440, E-ISSN 2731-6459
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-51218 (URN)10.1007/978-3-031-17211-3_6 (DOI)2-s2.0-85151252352 (Scopus ID)978-3-031-17210-6 (ISBN)978-3-031-17213-7 (ISBN)978-3-031-17211-3 (ISBN)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 31/2015
Available from: 2023-03-22 Created: 2023-03-22 Last updated: 2023-04-11Bibliographically approved
Kella, E. (2022). Domestic Listening Across Generations: Irene Oore's The Listener: In the Shadow of the Holocaust. Life Writing, 9(4), 613-630
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Domestic Listening Across Generations: Irene Oore's The Listener: In the Shadow of the Holocaust
2022 (English)In: Life Writing, ISSN 1448-4528, E-ISSN 1751-2964, Vol. 9, no 4, p. 613-630Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the last decade, critical interest in the effects of institutional and technical protocols on recorded Holocaust testimony has grown. The role of professional or volunteer adult interviewers has been re-examined, particularly in relation to taped, archival testimony, and studies demonstrate that survivor testimony is shaped by the interview situation and listening practices. However, the role of the child listener in a domestic setting in relation to postmemory autobiography and memoir has received less attention. In the analysis that follows, I focus on Irene Oore's 2019 memoir, The Listener: In the Shadow of the Holocaust, because, as the title suggests, Oore thematizes the question of listening, asking what it means to listen to a survivor parent. My analysis considers domestic listening in relation to Holocaust testimony as well as to listening as emotion work. Oore's text posits life writing as the most desirable outcome of domestic listening, for it can be an act of care which elicits the retelling of witness accounts. In publishing her mother's stories, as well as her own experiences of listening to them, Oore's postmemory writing functions as deferred and mediated testimony which her mother never publicly gave.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2022
Keywords
Testimony, witnessing, postmemory, mothers, daughters, emotion work
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-46756 (URN)10.1080/14484528.2021.1992699 (DOI)000714451300001 ()2-s2.0-85118548823 (Scopus ID)1364/3.1.1/2015 (Local ID)1364/3.1.1/2015 (Archive number)1364/3.1.1/2015 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 31/2015
Available from: 2021-11-18 Created: 2021-11-18 Last updated: 2022-11-29Bibliographically approved
Kella, L. (2020). White Fragility and the Grotesque in Joyce Carol Oates’s Black Girl/White Girl. In: Amelie Björck, Eva Jonsson, Claudia Lindén & Mattias Pirholt (Ed.), Kulturmöten: En festskrift till Christine Farhan (pp. 155-175). Huddinge: Södertörns högskola
Open this publication in new window or tab >>White Fragility and the Grotesque in Joyce Carol Oates’s Black Girl/White Girl
2020 (English)In: Kulturmöten: En festskrift till Christine Farhan / [ed] Amelie Björck, Eva Jonsson, Claudia Lindén & Mattias Pirholt, Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2020, p. 155-175Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2020
National Category
General Literature Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40627 (URN)978-91-88663-92-4 (ISBN)978-91-88663-93-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-05-05 Created: 2020-05-05 Last updated: 2020-05-06Bibliographically approved
Kella, E. & Henriksson, H. W. (2019). Från Gästredaktionen: Abort och Reproduktiva Val. Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, 40(3-4), 3-9
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Från Gästredaktionen: Abort och Reproduktiva Val
2019 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, ISSN 1654-5443, E-ISSN 2001-1377, Vol. 40, no 3-4, p. 3-9Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Föreningen Tidskrift för genusvetenskap, 2019
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Other research area
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40066 (URN)10.55870/tgv.v40i3-4.2623 (DOI)
Available from: 2020-02-02 Created: 2020-02-02 Last updated: 2023-11-09Bibliographically approved
Kella, E. (2019). Suspect Survival: Matrophobia in Postmemory Generational Writing. American, British and Canadian Studies, 33, 89-117
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Suspect Survival: Matrophobia in Postmemory Generational Writing
2019 (English)In: American, British and Canadian Studies, ISSN 1841-1487, E-ISSN 1841-964X, Vol. 33, p. 89-117Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Family and kinship carry special significance to Holocaust survivors and their descendants. In autobiographies and family memoirs, writers of what Marianne Hirsch terms the postmemory generation employ different narrative strategies for coming to terms with the ways in which the Holocaust has marked their identities and family ties. This article focuses on women’s writing of the postmemory generation, examining three works in English by daughters of survivors in the UK, the US, and Canada, written during the 1990s. It investigates the narrative strategies used by Anne Karpf, Helen Fremont, and Lisa Appignanesi to represent maternal sexual agency and vulnerability in a survival context. It suggests that these representations are strongly influenced by matrophobia and matrophilia, defined as the conflicting dread of becoming and desire to be one’s mother, which are themselves strongly conditioned by Holocaust history, particularly the gendered history of vulnerability among women in open hiding during the war.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sibiu, Romania: Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, 2019
Keywords
postmemory, second generation, memoir, autobiography, mother-daughter relations, Lisa Appignanesi, Helen Fremont, Anne Karpf, Holocaust, sexuality
National Category
Specific Literatures
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40067 (URN)10.2478/abcsj-2019-0017 (DOI)000641370900006 ()2-s2.0-85078456573 (Scopus ID)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 31/2015
Available from: 2020-02-02 Created: 2020-02-02 Last updated: 2022-09-30Bibliographically approved
Kella, E. & Henriksson, H. W. (Eds.). (2019). Tidskrift för genusvetenskap: Abort och reproduktiva val (40 (3-4)ed.). Uppsala: Uppsala universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tidskrift för genusvetenskap: Abort och reproduktiva val
2019 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [sv]

Denna specialnummer av Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap handlar om abort och reproduktiva val. Den innehåller en inledning av gästredaktörerna och 6 vetenskapliga artiklar som belyser ämnet från olika feministiska perspektiv. Den innehåller dessutom en diskussion kring "det kvinnliga ansvaret", samt bokrescensioner och inlägg från Sveriges genusforskarförbund.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2019. p. 175 Edition: 40 (3-4)
Keywords
genus, feminism, abort, barnmorskor, svensk litteratur, moderskap, reproduktiv styrning, folkhemmet
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40065 (URN)
Available from: 2020-02-02 Created: 2020-02-02 Last updated: 2020-02-21Bibliographically approved
Kella, E. (2018). Matrophobia and Uncanny Kinship: Eva Hoffman’s The Secret. Humanities, 7(4), Article ID 122.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Matrophobia and Uncanny Kinship: Eva Hoffman’s The Secret
2018 (English)In: Humanities, E-ISSN 2076-0787, Vol. 7, no 4, article id 122Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Eva Hoffman, known primarily for her autobiography of exile, Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language (1989), is also the author of a work of Gothic science fiction, set in the future. The Secret: A Fable for our Time (2001) is narrated by a human clone, whose discovery that she is the “monstrous” cloned offspring of a single mother emerges with growing discomfort at the uncanny similarities and tight bonds between her and her mother. This article places Hoffman’s use of the uncanny in relation to her understanding of Holocaust history and the condition of the postmemory generation. Relying on Freud’s definition of the uncanny as being “both very alien and deeply familiar,” she insists that “the second generation has grown up with the uncanny.” In The Secret, growing up with the uncanny leads to matrophobia, a strong dread of becoming one’s mother. This article draws on theoretical work by Adrienne Rich and Deborah D. Rogers to argue that the novel brings to “the matrophobic Gothic” specific insights into the uncanniness of second-generation experiences of kinship, particularly kinship between survivor mothers and their daughters.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI, 2018
Keywords
postmemory; matrophobic gothic; gothic science fiction; memory; mother-daughter relations; Holocaust history; second generation; survivor mothers; daughters of survivors, gotik, minne, mor-dotter relationer, andra generation, förintelsen
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-36796 (URN)10.3390/h7040122 (DOI)2015/3.1./1364 (Local ID)2015/3.1./1364 (Archive number)2015/3.1./1364 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 31/2015
Available from: 2018-11-21 Created: 2018-11-21 Last updated: 2022-10-04Bibliographically approved
Kella, E. (2018). Postmemory and Copresence in Lisa Appignanesi and Emilia Degenius: Life Writing of the Polish Diaspora. In: Regian Rudaityte (Ed.), History, Memory and Nostalgia in Literature and Culture: (pp. 136-156). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Postmemory and Copresence in Lisa Appignanesi and Emilia Degenius: Life Writing of the Polish Diaspora
2018 (English)In: History, Memory and Nostalgia in Literature and Culture / [ed] Regian Rudaityte, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018, p. 136-156Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018
Keywords
second generation, autobiography, family memoir, diaspora, testimony, witnessing, empathy, Swedish literature
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34943 (URN)2015/3.1./1364 (Local ID)978-1-5275-0876-7 (ISBN)2015/3.1./1364 (Archive number)2015/3.1./1364 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 31/2015
Available from: 2018-05-04 Created: 2018-05-04 Last updated: 2020-03-11Bibliographically approved
Kella, E. (2018). Review of Gymnich, Marion, Barbara Puschmann-Nalenz, Gerold Sedlmayr, and Dirk Vanderbeke (eds.) 2018. The Orphan in Fiction and Comics Since the 19th Century. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [Review]. Nordic Journal of English Studies, 17(2), 243-246
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Review of Gymnich, Marion, Barbara Puschmann-Nalenz, Gerold Sedlmayr, and Dirk Vanderbeke (eds.) 2018. The Orphan in Fiction and Comics Since the 19th Century. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
2018 (English)In: Nordic Journal of English Studies, ISSN 1502-7694, E-ISSN 1654-6970, Vol. 17, no 2, p. 243-246Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Keywords
childhood studies, functional orphan, British literature, Victorian literature, Postcolonial literature, American literature, comics, graphic novels
National Category
Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37147 (URN)
Available from: 2019-01-02 Created: 2019-01-02 Last updated: 2021-06-14Bibliographically approved
Kella, E. (2018). Review of Mark Shackleton, ed. International Adoption in North American Literature and Culture: Transnational, Transracial, and Transcultural Narratives [Review]. American Studies in Scandinavia, 50(1), 181-184
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Review of Mark Shackleton, ed. International Adoption in North American Literature and Culture: Transnational, Transracial, and Transcultural Narratives
2018 (English)In: American Studies in Scandinavia, ISSN 0044-8060, Vol. 50, no 1, p. 181-184Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34931 (URN)000431283900016 ()
Available from: 2018-05-04 Created: 2018-05-04 Last updated: 2018-05-25Bibliographically approved
Projects
Remembering Poland and Eastern Europe: Nostalgia, Memory, and Affect in Diasporic Women’s Writing [31/2015_OSS]; Södertörn University; Publications
Kella, E. (2023). From Survivor to Im/migrant Motherhood and Beyond: Margit Silberstein’s Postmemorial Autobiography, Förintelsens Barn. In: Helena Wahlström Henriksson; Anna Williams; Margaretha Fahlgren (Ed.), Narratives of Motherhood and Mothering in Fiction and Life Writing: (pp. 93-114). Cham: Palgrave MacmillanKella, E. (2022). Domestic Listening Across Generations: Irene Oore's The Listener: In the Shadow of the Holocaust. Life Writing, 9(4), 613-630Kella, E. (2019). Suspect Survival: Matrophobia in Postmemory Generational Writing. American, British and Canadian Studies, 33, 89-117Kella, E. (2018). Matrophobia and Uncanny Kinship: Eva Hoffman’s The Secret. Humanities, 7(4), Article ID 122. Kella, E. (2018). Postmemory and Copresence in Lisa Appignanesi and Emilia Degenius: Life Writing of the Polish Diaspora. In: Regian Rudaityte (Ed.), History, Memory and Nostalgia in Literature and Culture: (pp. 136-156). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars PublishingKella, L. (2017). Matrophobia and Uncanny Kinship: Eva Hoffman's The Secret. In: : . Paper presented at The Uncanny in Language, Literature and Culture International Conference arranged by the London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and the Interdisciplinary Research Foundation, 19 August 2017, London.. Kella, E. (2015). Affect and Nostalgia in Eva Hoffman’s Lost in Translation. Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, 50(2-3), 7-20
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