ENGL332 - Representing the Holocaust

Also offered as: JWST346. Credit only granted for: ENGL379J, JWST419I, ENGL332, or JWST346. Formerly: ENGL379J or JWST419I.

Different perspectives on how the Holocaust should be represented. Examination of a wide range of texts including fiction, memoirs, critical essays, poems and films in different languages (in translation). Emphasis on the international and comparative nature of Holocaust literary studies and investigation into the propriety of literary representation of historical catastrophe. Consideration of our own role as readers serving as witnesses to an event that has marked itself indelibly in the aesthetic history of the twentieth century.

In “Representing the Holocaust” we consider the relationship between historical cataclysm and literary representation. With the understanding that there is no such thing as a “transparent” literary or cinematic text that captures historical reality without any mediation on the part of an author, a narrator, or the conventions of literary genre, we will explore the “limits of representation.” 
  • Also offered as CMLT398J, JWST346 and ISRL329J.
  • Credit only granted for CMLT398J, ENGL379J, JWST419J, ENGL332, JWST346, or ISRL329J.
Two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.