WesMaps - Wesleyan University Catalog 2009-2010       Summer Session       Winter Session       Home       Archive       Search
CS92PROD
Jewish Writers Writing Germany
GRST 271
Spring 2010 not offered
Crosslisting: GELT 271

How large has the Jewish population in post-World War II Germany been? Why have children and grandchildren of Shoah survivors chosen to make Germany their home? What do they have to say about contemporary German society? This course will examine these questions and others as we read literary and autobiographical texts in translation by contemporary German Jewish authors. Special attention will be paid to how the authors create identity positions in the texts and situate themselves within the context of German cultural history. To better understand the complex cultural and social positions of Jews in Germany - both East and West - and Austria after World War II, we will read Leslie Morris and Jack Zipes's UNLIKELY HISTORY, as well as short theoretical pieces on identity politics and gender theory. Major readings will include several short texts by Maxim Biller, Esther Dischereit, and others, excerpts from Robert Schindel's GEBURTIG (all in JEWISH VOICES, GERMAN WORDS), as well as Ruth Kluger's memoir, STILL ALIVE: A HOLOCAUST GIRLHOOD REMEMBERED, and Jurek Becker's BRONSTEIN'S CHILDREN.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: None
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

Last Updated on OCT-05-2022
Contact wesmaps@wesleyan.edu to submit comments or suggestions. Please include a url, course title, faculty name or other page reference in your email ? Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 06459