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In the Place of LanguageLiterature and the Architecture of the Referent$
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Claudia Brodsky

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230006

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823230006.001.0001

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Referent and Annihilation: “X” Marks the Spot

Referent and Annihilation: “X” Marks the Spot

(p.3) 1. Referent and Annihilation: “X” Marks the Spot
In the Place of Language

Claudia Brodsky

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines, justifies, and elaborates on the cinematic document entitled Shoah, by Claude Lanzmann as it records several accounts of events participated in and witnessed with long shots of natural landscapes and sites of human engineering. It explains that in the movie, the referent is lost. In composing the conditions for the indication of a referent that no longer exists, Lanzmann records the enormity of inalternable loss.

Keywords:   Shoah, Claude Lanzmann, referent, language

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