(CMLIT 128, ENGL 128, J ST 128)
The Holocaust in Film and Literature (3) Thematic, formal, and historical analysis of filmic and literary representation of the Holocaust.
GER (CMLIT/J ST/ENGL) 128 The Holocaust in Film and Literature (3)
This course provides an introduction to the film and literature of the Holocaust through a historical survey of these traditions’ key texts, figures, and themes. Both US and international texts and traditions will be covered, as will both fictional and nonfictional treatments of the Holocaust. The course will focus on the defining aspects of the literature and film and on what these traditions reveal about the Holocaust and about how we understand the Holocaust. The course will use Holocaust literature and film to seek both the points of cohesion and the points of divergence that characterize the experience of the Holocaust, the interpretive cultures through which we approach the Holocaust, and Jewish and other cultures. The course will also introduce students to the concept and theory of trauma, and to its place in theories and traditions of representation, as well as to the concept and history of genocide. Some time will be spent analyzing what has been called the Americanization of the Holocaust. Materials will consist predominantly of primary texts, including both fiction and nonfiction film, prose fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Course methodology will emphasize the close reading of texts and analysis not only of what is represented, but also of the “how” of representation, drawing students’ attention to genre distinctions and the different expectations we bring to fiction and non-fiction, to film and the written word.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.