‘Something was crawling all over me’: queer fear in women’s Holocaust testimonies

Ramsden, Roseanna (2020) ‘Something was crawling all over me’: queer fear in women’s Holocaust testimonies. Holocaust Studies: a Journal of Culture and History, 26 (3). pp. 401-415. ISSN 1750-4902

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/17504902.2019.1634357


This article aims to explore how women memoirists use observations of queer relationships in concentration camps to express anxieties about their own sexualities and troubling notions of sexual fluidity. It builds on the small body of secondary literature devoted to examining representations of eroticism and queer sexuality in Holocaust memoir, and seeks to demonstrate how, and in what ways, the women conceptualize their own sexuality through language in their published testimonies. The article focuses on a close reading of the memoirs of women survivors of the Holocaust to show how their narratives reflect the existence of sexual curiosity and anxiety.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Holocaust, memoir, queer, sexuality, Women
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
V900 Others in Historical and Philosophical studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2019 14:58
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2020 11:34
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/39994

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