West European Studies | Special Topics in West European Studies: Dutch Culture: Modern Netherlands
W406 | 10937 | Ham. E.


Permission required.  3 cr.  9:30AM-10:45AM, TR, Room TBA.
Obtain on-line permission from department.
Above section meets with GER-N350 and WEUR-W605.

Topic:	Anne Frank in perspective.

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

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 briefly 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
famous 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, three papers, a group presentation, a midterm,
a final exam, regular class attendance, and participation in class
discussions.

Required reading:

  The diary of a young girl: the definitive edition, ISBN 0-553-
57712-3
  H.A. Enzen, Anne Frank. Reflections on her Life and Legacy
Chicago, 2000.