ENGL 210 - Honors English
Representations of the Holocaust
Some may think that the study of fiction would be a flawed approach to learning about an historical event, but in this course we will examine the important role literary fiction has played in how our culture understands the Holocaust, the extermination of 6 million Jews in Europe during the Second World War. In this course, we will look at the fictional techniques used not only by novelists but also by those who experienced the horrors first-hand when they wrote their diaries and their memoirs. Some of the first-hand accounts we will read include excerpts from The Diary of Anne Frank as well as Primo Levi’s memoir, Survival at Auschwitz, and Elie Wiesel’s memoir, Night. We will also read the following novels about the Holocaust: Tzili by Aharon Appelfeld, Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally, Anya, by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, and The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick. The required work for this course will include reaction papers to three of the works we read, a short research paper on a topic related to the Holocaust, classroom discussion, and weekly individual conferences with your instructor to discuss your research.