Spring 2015 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Patterson, David
Discipline and Number
HUSL 6378 Section 001
M Time 10:00 AM - 12:45 PM
Course Title
Literature and the Holocaust

Description of Course:

This graduate seminar will explore literary responses to the Holocaust in the genres of fiction, drama, and poetry, as well as theoretical issues surrounding the literary representation of the Holocaust. Questions to be considered include but are not limited to the following: Can literary art give voice the ineffable aspects of the Holocaust? What is the relationship between testimony and the literary response to the Event? What are the demands placed upon the reader? What makes Holocaust literature HOLOCAUST literature?

Required Texts:

Aharon Appelfeld, Badenheim 1939
Tadeusz Borowski, This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen
Ida Fink, A Scrap of Time and Other Stories
Cynthia Ozick, The Shawl
Andre Schwarz-Bart, The Last of the Just
Elie Wiesel, Twilight
Charlotte Delbo, Who Will Carry the Word? (in Robert Skloot, Theatre of the Holocaust, Vol. 1)
Nelly Sachs, Eli: A Mystery Play of the Sufferings of Israel (in Elinor Fuchs, ed., Plays of the
Poems by the following authors in Holocaust Poetry, ed. Hilda Schiff:
Paul Celan
Hayim Gouri
Primo Levi
Dan Pagis
Miklos Radnoti
Nelly Sachs
Abraham Sutzkever

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

With the approval of the instructor, students may write on any topic that entails close textual analysis and that sheds light on Holocaust literature as a response to the Event. Students will be evaluated on the basis of (1) a four- to five-page proposal for the research paper, including a bibliography, (2) an analytical research paper of at least 5000 words, and (3) class participation. The proposal will account for 15%, the paper for 80%, and class participation for 5% of the grade for the course.

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