The Holocaust in Contemporary Popular Culture|
How to describe the indescribable and to speak the unspeakable? Long after the end of World War II, filmmakers still grapple with these questions, and their answers vary ethically and aesthetically. This course will discuss depictions of the Holocaust in contemporary popular culture. We will touch on graphic novels, TV sketches, and social media, but mainly focus on film. While the time frame will be limited to mainly the last two decades, we will explore a vast range of texts including: Hollywood fare and East European art-house movies; gritty dramas and dark comedies; reenactments of real-life events and alternative history. From Hipster Hitler to the Jojo Rabbit, from "Inglorious Basterds" to "Son of Saul," what all these examples share is an artistic and thematic audacity. We will examine how they try to propose new and unsettling answers to old but ever-vital questions: How did the Holocaust happen and might it happen again?
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CJST-MN)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Ari Folman. ANNE FRANK'S DIARY: THE GRAPHIC ADAPATION.
Art Spiegelman. Maus I & II.
Henry Gonshak. HOLLYWOOD AND THE HOLOCAUST
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Bi-Weekly (twice a week) comments on readings and/or films: 40 %
Final personal project: 25 %
Creative mid-term assignment: 15 %.
Outline for final project: 5 %
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course counts toward the minor in Jewish and Israel Studies
|Instructor(s): Shavit,Avner Times: .M.W... 01:20PM-02:40PM; Location: BOGH114; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 0||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 5||SO: 5||FR: 4|
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