Spring 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Patterson, David
Discipline and Number
HUSL 6360 Section 001
R Time 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Genres of Holocaust Literature

Description of Course:

This course consists of a thorough examination of the Holocaust memoir as a genre of Holocaust literature. The course explores the issue of the recovery of life through the literary genre of memoir, the function of memory, what the memoir reveals and conceals about the Holocaust, how the Holocaust memoir differs from other memoirs as a literary genre, and other issues. The questions raised will be based on an interdisciplinary approach, combing the disciplines of literature, history, philosophy, and religion where appropriate. Questions to be addressed include: What do the memoirs reveal about the essence of the Holocaust? What do they teach about an understanding of humanity? And what response do they summon from the reader? The instructional format is lecture with substantial discussion.

Required Texts:

Required Texts
Wiesel, Elie. Night.
Ozsváth, Zsuzsanna. When the Danube Ran Red.
Levi, Primo. Survival in Auschwitz.
Ka-tzetnik 135633. Shivitti: A Vision.
Nomberg-Przytyk, Sara. Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land.
Wiesenthal, Simon. The Sunflower.
Lengyel, Olga. Five Chimneys. Améry, Jean. At the Mind’s Limits.
Muller, Filip. Eyewitness Auschwitz.
Frankl, Viktor. Man’s Search for Meaning.

Recommended Text
Patterson, David. Sun Turned to Darkness.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Students will be evaluated on the basis of (1) an analytical term paper of at least 4000 words and (2) class participation. The paper will account for 90% of the grade and class participation for 10%.

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