‘The Concentrationary Universe: Primo Levi’s Spatial Consciousness’

Minna Vuohelainen

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This chapter examines Levi’s writings in the light of the recent “spatial turn” in the Humanities, arguing that the Holocaust was a profoundly spatial and geographic phenomenon. Levi’s work, Vuohelainen argues, evinces a distinctive spatial consciousness, from the grassroots depictions of survival in the camps in If This Is a Man to the picaresque journey of The Truce to the widening perspectives of Moments of Reprieve and The Drowned and the Saved. The chapter explores the spatial dynamics of Levi’s writings through the theoretical work of Henri Lefebvre, Michel Foucault and Michel de Certeau, arguing for the significance of place and space in Holocaust Studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterpreting Primo Levi: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
EditorsMinna Vuohelainen, Arthur Chapman
Place of PublicationNew York
ISBN (Print)9781137442338
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameItalian & Italian American Studies


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