RCHUMS 342 - Representing the Holocaust in Literature, Film and the Visual Arts
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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No memory or physical trace of the Holocaust was meant to survive. Yet in its wake, this genocide left a vast body of literature by survivors and their children. Holocaust testimonies demand active moral, intellectual and emotional engagement; they call upon readers to become co-witnesses. This seminar explores the various forms bearing witness has taken over several generations from personal testimony and memoir to fiction, poetry, film and the visual arts. We will ask the following questions: what are the particular merits and pitfalls of each genre? How do autobiographical and imaginary accounts enhance, transform or compromise the historical document? We will be reading work about the Holocaust and other genocides in Armenia, Cambodia, Bosnia and Rwanda to examine the transition from history into story, memory into post-memory. Our readings will draw on larger discussions in the fields of historiography, psychology, film and literary criticism about the disruptive effect of trauma on memory and representation.

RCHUMS 342 - Representing the Holocaust in Literature, Film and the Visual Arts
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001 (SEM)
MWF 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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