Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

What Are You Reading?

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

What Are You Reading?

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A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.

Roger Brown, professor of higher education policy at Liverpool Hope University, has been reading Amos Elon's The Pity of it All: A Portrait of Jews in Germany, 1743-1933 (Penguin, 2002). "It tells the story of the Jewish community in Germany from the middle of the 18th century until the Holocaust. It shows how the Jews gradually assimilated German character and culture while retaining their ethnic identity. If there is any sadder or more avoidable tragedy in history, it would be interesting to know what it was."

Edward Chaney, Leverhulme research fellow and professor of fine and decorative arts, Southampton Solent University, is reading Jonathan Black's The Face of Courage: Eric Kennington, Portraiture and the Second World War (Philip Wilson, 2011). "This is the well-researched catalogue of an exhibition halfway through its year's run at the Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon. Admired by Wyndham Lewis, William Orpen and others, Kennington revived the 18th-century medium of pastel to produce technically superb if sometimes somewhat sentimental portraits of military personnel. Often a 'traveller between life and death, half-drawn, never returned'."

Robert Eaglestone is professor of contemporary literature and thought, Royal Holloway, University of London. He is reading Matthew Boswell's Holocaust Impiety in Literature, Popular Music and Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). "'Holocaust piety' is the urge to be silenced by the genocide, to mystify it. …

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