Spring 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will study the social, political, and cultural contexts out of which the Holocaust, the mass murder of the European Jews, arose. In addition, it will consider both a wide range of interpretations of, and a variety of artistic responses to, the destruction process this event has created. That is, by examining the latest historiography of, and some of the major artistic creations memorializing, the Shoah, we will ponder questions that focus on the ways in which remembrance of this event has become part of both a new, evolving consciousness and the desire for reversing the "erosion of memory the passage of time" might create.
Rosenberg, Linke, and Watson, CONTEMPORARY PORTRAYALS OF AUSCHWITZ
Berel Lang, HOLOCAUST REPRESENTATION
S. Friedlander, REFLECTION OF NAZISM
Jeffrey Herf, THE JEWISH ENEMY
Lawrence Langer, PREMPTING THE HOLOCAUST
Y. H. Yerushalmi, ZAKHOR
George S. Williamson, THE LONGING FOR MYTH IN GERMANY
J. Weil, MENDELSOHN IS ON THE ROOF
and poems by Paul Celan, Miklos Radnoti, Nelly Sachs, and Dan Pagis.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Students will participate in class discussions, read and think about the books we use in this course, give one class presentation, put together an annotated bibliography, and write one research paper (15-20 pages), which could be suitable for one of the portfolio essays.