Gendered Postmemorial Legacy: Lily Brett’s and Elizabeth Rosner’s Poetic Renditions of the Holocaust

  • Laura Miñano Universitat de València


This article explores Lily Brett’s The Auschwitz Poems (2004) and Elizabeth Rosner’s Gravity (2014), two female-authored second-generation poetic renditions of the Holocaust. Examining these works through the lens of postmemory, my goal is to shed new light on the intergenerational transmission of trauma from a gendered perspective, focusing on its connections with poetry. I argue that both anthologies share at the core of their narrative a gender-focused layer of meaning, which penetrates into a postmemorial experience that is to a great extent defined by this social construct. This essay fosters scholarship on postmemory by conceiving it as a double-edged process encompassing both aesthetics and a form of social activism, and informed by feminism, which is mirrored in the reconception and rethinking of both the female body and gender hierarchy.

Author Biography

Laura Miñano, Universitat de València
Laura Miñano Mañero holds a PhD in Sociolinguistics from the University of Valencia, Spain. She has recently joined the Department of English and German Philology at the University of Zaragoza as an assistant professor. Her research focuses on language contact, translation and interpretation in extreme contexts, postmemory and the intergenerational transmission of trauma, especially focusing on second-generation Holocaust survivors, and Holocaust and gender literary studies.


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