Germanic Languages | Dutch Culture: Modern Netherlands
E341 | 17019 | Esther Ham


Fall 2008 2nd 8 weeks

Topic: Anne Frank in perspective

Taught in English; no prerequisites.  Course open to graduates and
undergraduates.

Discover everything connected to the story of Anne Frank and what
makes her story special: the country, the people, Jewish life in the
Netherlands, the German occupation, and the different versions of her
diary, her other writings, all in comparison to other diaries and
novels from the same period.
In the first part of the course, we will look at The Netherlands, the
Dutch and their mentality and culture in particular, the city of
Amsterdam, the Jewish population in the Netherlands, the Holocaust and
the Second World War in general in Europe. Other literature from the
Netherlands about WW2 will be read and discussed also.

The second part of this course will deal with the history of Anne
Frank in The Netherlands, her family, her hiding and arrest, her
diary, its popularity, the attacks on its authenticity, the reception
of Anne Frank in the world and the image of Anne Frank in film.
Special attention will be given to the different diary versions.

All literature will be read in English and the course will be
conducted in English. Requirements are summaries of the chapters in
the book and videos, a final paper, a final exam, regular class
attendance, and participation in class discussions.

Opportunity to earn one extra credit for certain assignments in Dutch
(for beginners and advanced learners of Dutch).

Required texts:
1) The diary of a young girl: the definitive edition, ISBN 0553-57712-3
2) H.A. Enzen, Anne Frank. Reflections on her Life and Legacy Chicago,
University of Illinois Press, 2000, ISBN 0-252-06823-8
3)  eInstruction clicker (ISBN 1881483717) and
4) activation code (ISBN 1881483045)
5) reader