Honors | Representing the Holocaust (COLL)
C103 | 31936 | Joan Hawkins
Screeingings W 7:15-10:15pm
This class meets with another section of COLL-C 103.
During World War II six million Jews lost their lives in a State-
sponsored attempt at genocide. This attempted genocide—sometimes
called The Holocaust, sometimes called The Shoah—has continued to
haunt popular imagination, influencing contemporary politics,
literature, cinema, music, psychology and philosophy. In this class
we will explore several cultural representations of The Holocaust.
The issue here is not which of these representations is the most
correct or factually accurate. Rather, we will be investigating the
way in which art, philosophy, graphic novels, contemporary Jewish
music and literature have sought to understand or deal with the
unimaginable systematic barbarism of fascism. Readings will include
Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem, Art Speigelman, Maus, Elie
Wiesel Night, Roberto Innocenti, Rose Blanche (a children’s picture
book), Will Eisner, The Plot: the Secret Story of the Protocols of
the Elders of Zion, and Alvin Rosenfeld, Thinking About the
Holocaust After Half a Century.
Films will include: Resnais, Night and Fog, Lanzmann, Shoah, Louis
Malle, Au revoir les enfants and Lacombe Lucien, Polanksi The
Pianist, Bertolucci The Conformist, Bob Fosse Cabaret, the made-for-
tv film Uprising, and a docudrama about German resistance, The White
Rose. Music by John Zorn.
Written work will include a short paper, a long final paper, a take
home midterm and a final exam.