Fall 2014 - Undergraduate Course Description
Intructor:
Pfister, Debra
Discipline and Number
HIST 4331 Section: 001
Day:
MW Time: 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title:
Holocaust and Representation

DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

Understanding the unimaginable horrors of the Holocaust is difficult simply from reading historical accounts of this unprecedented event. While its barbarism and evil can only truly be known by the victims and survivors who endured it, a crucial element in the transmission of this history to future generations is viewing it from multiple perspectives of artistic representation. By exploring the social, political, historical, and cultural contexts in which the Shoah took place, in this course, students will examine its depiction and representation in art, literature, poetry, and film in an effort to understand the ways in which this tragedy still impacts our ideas about morality, tolerance, and human understanding. Enhancing this exploration, students will also consider several major scholarly interpretations regarding the inherent difficulties encountered in the study of history through artistic expression and its significance in the twenty-first century.

REQUIRED TEXTS:

Crowe, David. The Holocaust (ISBN 978-0813343259)
Langer, Lawrence. Art From the Ashes (ISBN 978-0195077322)

COURSE REQUIREMENTS/EVALUATION CRITERIA:

Grades will be based on class attendance, participation in one group project, class participation, one 2-3 page paper reviewing a Holocaust film or a selection from Art from the Ashes, one 4-5 page paper, one test, and one final.

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