Telling the Shoah in Literature, Comics, Cinema (Zoom)

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Course description

Term:  First Semester (October 10, 2022 – January 14, 2023) & Second Semester

Lecturer: Prof. Claudia Rosenzweig-Kupfer

Type:  Zoom

Language of instruction: English

Time: Tuesday, 12:00–14:00 IST (Israeli Time - + 1h)


This class is meant to offer a broad spectrum of fictional works dealing with the theme of the Holocaust. The question of ‘fictionality’ within such a field is problematic, and yet it is important to posit it, in order to try to ask the difficult question of what is going to happen when the ‘era of the witnesses’ will be over and how art can approach it.

The students will get to read or read again works such The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick (1980), If not now, when? by Primo Levi (1982) and Maus by Art Spiegelman (1980–1991), and see films such as Sidney Lumet’s The Pawnbroker (1964) and Louis Malle’s Au revoir les enfants (Engl. Goodbye, Children, 1987).

Requirements: Each student must submit 2 assignments, give a presentation in class and write a final paper. The assignments and the participation to the discussion in class compose 60% of the final mark, the presentation and the paper the 40%.

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