JUDAIC 417 - Topics in Judaic Studies
Fall 2011, Section 001 - Literature of the Holocaust
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Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
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May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course considers fiction and poetry written in several languages — German, Yiddish, Hebrew, French, Polish, Italian, as well as English — during and after the Holocaust. (All works will be read in English translation; there are no language requirements for the course.) We will seek, first, to understand what is meant when we refer to the genocide of European Jewry as the “Holocaust.” Among the questions to be considered are:

  • How do writers and readers respond to trauma and survival?
  • What are the connections between imaginative literature and historical events?
  • How does this literature shape our contemporary understanding of exile, diaspora, home?
  • What is the relationship between public and private memory?
  • What difference does translation make in our understanding of these texts?

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    Requirements include active participation in class, periodic short (1-2 page) responses to the assigned writings, two papers of varying length, and a final.

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JUDAIC 417 - Topics in Judaic Studies
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001 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
9/6/11 - 12/13/11
002 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
9/6/11 - 12/13/11
003 (REC)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
9/6/11 - 12/13/11

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