ENGLISH 464 - Studies in Individual Authors
Section: 001 Primo Levi and the Memory of Auschwitz
Term: WN 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for credit.
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Primo Levi, an Italian survivor of the extermination camp at Auschwitz, is arguably the first to create a literature of witness to this disaster in Western culture. Over the course of forty years he invented fresh literary forms to explore and convey the significance of the events for what it means to be human. His work not only records, it probes the nature of personal and social memory, the sources of social violence, and the nature of evil itself as it shapes and works through political systems. His work retains a powerful and compelling freshness. We will read five of his works, If This is a Man, The Truce, The Monkey’s Wrench, The Periodic Table, and The Drowned and the Saved, and consider a selection of his poetry. We will also view two films based in his work, The Truce, with John Turturro, and Primo, with Sir Anthony Sher playing Levi.

Course Requirements:

There will be two 6 page essays assigned, and a final examination. Friend of the Mind discussions (to be explained at the first class) will be an important element of the course.

ENGLISH 464 - Studies in Individual Authors
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