Fall 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Pfister, Debra
Discipline and Number
HIST 4331 Section 001
M Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Holocaust and Representation

Description of Course:

The mass murder of European Jewry during the Holocaust has been recognized as one of the watershed events of the twentieth century. Eliminating millions of people by shooting, gassing, and starvation, the Third Reich created a new world, the like of which had not been experienced before. Its implementation of the “Final Solution,” and the ways in which the Nazis carried out this death sentence for every Jew continues to affect our basic concepts of progress, enlightenment, morality, and freedom.

Exploring the social, political, historical, and cultural contexts of the Holocaust, the purpose of this course is to examine its depiction and representation in art, literature, poetry, and film. We will construct our inquiry around three major questions: why did this mass murder happen, how did it run its course, and how can we articulate the enormity and horror of this event in the various modes of artistic expression. Through this examination, will study the ways in which the Holocaust has continued to affect our religious beliefs, our sense of morality, and our notions of education and culture in the twenty-first century.

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Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Course requirements may include one film or reading review, a final research paper, and two exams.

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