Literature and the Holocaust
NEAR E 318/C LIT 441
Professor: Naomi Sokoloff
TTH 10:30 am-12:20 pm
Credits: 5 VLPA/DIV, W available
By examining fiction, poetry, memoir, diaries, monuments and aspects of popular culture, this course will explore representations of the Holocaust. Among the topics to be covered: bearing witness and survivor testimony; the shaping of collective memory; the second generation; Holocaust education and children’s literature; gender and the Holocaust; fantasy and humor in literary responses to catastrophe.
There will be a final exam and two short papers (750-1000 words each). Students may opt to take this as a W course by completing additional writing assignments.
Any student in this course who wishes to read some texts in Hebrew may contact the instructor and make arrangements to register for 2-3 credits of HEBR 490 (independent study).