THE PROFILE

NARRATIONS OF THE SHOAH

Narracje o Zagładzie (in English: Narrations of the Shoah) is an annual journal that started in 2015. It contains and invites articles, essays, academic reviews, and commentaries of current cultural or literary phenomena related to the following fields: literary studies, cultural studies, and history. The aim of the periodical is to popularise the results of the research revolving around narrations of the Shoah in Poland and abroad; furthermore, the journal aspires to delineate and point to the potentialities that combining the traditional academic reflection on the Shoah and the new methodologies carries.

The issues are in part thematic. Usually, approximately 70 per cent of the articles are devoted to the topic of the particular issue. The other parts include interviews, translations, articles and studies not directly linked to the issue, documents, overviews and commentaries, and varia. On a regular basis, papers can be submitted to all the above sections except for the thematic one. The special topic of the issue is announced in a separate call for papers.

We comment upon the phenomena connected to the Holocaust that occur above all in literature, film, the visual arts, as well as philosophical, historical, and literary studies debates. We use the notion of “narration” – and not “representation” – for two main reasons. First of all, it marks the boundaries of the genre and the poetics in an adequately non-restrictive manner; as Hayden White writes, a narration is something that refers to both the description of the object and the object itself. Secondly, studies on narrations render non-hierarchy, which agrees with the profile of the journal, as we aspire to publish articles both on documents and testimonies, and on popular culture.

As we have written, “in the following issues we wish to […] observe […] narrations […], with a special emphasis put on the relations between the broadly understood studies on the Shoah (seen as an independent academic field) and other academic areas, including especially the current questions posed by the humanities.”