Centre for Studies in Literature


Mr David Dickson

  • Qualifications: Master of Arts- 2:1 (University of Glasgow); Master of Letters- M.Litt with Merit (University of Glasgow)
  • Role Title: PhD Student
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth, Hants PO1 3AS
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6033
  • Email: david.dickson@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Though the principal focus of my Master’s degree was on Modernist and Post-Modern fiction, my research interests revolve around the enduring legacy of the Holocaust. More particularly, I am interested in the way in which the reflections of survivors have been shaped by their experiences. The camp system, almost without fail, systematically narrows the perspective of the internee. For all but the privileged few it becomes a world defined by rumour, speculation and uncertainty. No one is ever able to grasp the entire picture, and so for every internee the experience becomes purely subjective and generalisations (inevitably) come to play a major role in our broader understanding of the Holocaust. My study will focus on the way these partial impressions endure to this day in Holocaust writing. I’m particularly interested in the way that the Holocaust is now represented through fiction, with the “Holocaust experience” now becoming standardised through repetition. Crucially, my study will focus not only on fictional representations of the survivor experience but also the common representation of the perpetrator. I’m particularly interested in the extent to which partial truths have been passed on to the second generation.

PhD Thesis: The Narrowed Perspective in Holocaust Writing.