This article reexamines the ethical dilemmas inherent to the aesthetics of Holocaust literature. Through close analysis of several of the Auschwitz stories of the Polish author Tadeusz Borowski, I show that the key to understanding the literature of witness lies in grasping the complicated way such fiction juxtaposes notions of beauty and routine. In its dramatization of the way forms of beauty resist the horrors of the concentration camp context, Borowski's stories rewrite dominant conceptions of beauty by, paradoxically, relying on age-old conceptions.
- Ethical criticism
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Literature and Literary Theory