Remembering the Nazi past is a fundamental aspect of postwar German culture. In this course, we will trace the Holocaust's aftermath in contemporary German literature and thought. We will pay close attention to the socio-cultural and historical-political changes in attempts to glean new meanings from a past that is both omnipresent and highly evanescent. We will focus especially on the creative works of "the third generation." These contemporary writers explore a historical trauma that has become an integral part of their identity. At the same time, their temporal and personal distance to the actual events necessitates new imaginative approaches to the past. Careful readings of literary, theoretical, journalistic, and historical texts as well as films will enable us to critically think about the challenges and limits of how to write about the Holocaust 70 years after it occurred, and how the difficulties in doing so might inform other kinds of writing about historical and personal trauma.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CJST-MN)(GRST-MN)(GRST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Special Attributes: FYS|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Viola Roggenkamp: THE SPECTACLE SALESMAN'S FAMILY. Virago 2005. ISBN-13: 978-1-84408-221-6, ISBN: 1-84408-221-0
Olga Grjasnowa. ALL RUSSIANS LOVE BIRCH TREES. New York, Other Press 2014. ISBN 978-1-59051-584-6 (Paperback) und 978-1-59051-585-3 (ebook).
|Instructor(s): Wilhelm,Thorsten Times: ..T.R.. 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: ONLINE; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 6||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 15|
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