In this course, we will explore the formal and ethical questions raised by authors, artists, and theorists about the representation and memorializing of the Nazi genocide of European Jews. Focusing on stylistically inventive literature, with some incursions into popular media such as cinema, comic books, and video games, we will consider the transnational circulation of such works along with issues of translation and audience. Students will read closely through a corpus of challenging texts drawn from many languages, and they will be expected to produce original, creative insights into this literature. Authors studied may include Avrom Sutzkever, Kadya Molodowsky, Paul Celan, Sylvia Plath, S. Y. Agnon, Flannery O’Connor, Cynthia Ozick, Edward Lewis Wallant, Raymond Federman, Chava Rosenfarb, and Art Spiegelman.
Max Enrollment: 20
Prerequisites: One course in literature or cultural studies (any language or region), or permission of the instructor.
Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature
Typical Periods Offered: Every other year; Spring
Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall