ENGL379G - Representing the Holocaust

A reader’s expectation of even a fictional work seems to change if it is based on a cataclysmic historical event such as the European Holocaust of the Jews. Important writers and critics of the Holocaust have articulated the belief that people who did not witness the Holocaust are obliged to treat their subject matter with kid gloves, in a way that survivors of the Holocaust are not. In this class we will explore whether or not subject matter can impose ethical criteria on art, with a special focus on literary and cinematic representations of the Holocaust.

Also offered as JWST319G.


Two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature; or permission of department.