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Fall 2019
FILM 2253 / GERM 2203: MWF, 10-11 AM

Syllabus Representing the Holocaust

Syllabus

Notizen - Geschichte der deutschen LIteratur

Class Notes


Books

  • Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz. Touchstone, 1996. ISBN 978-0684826806
  • Elie Wiesel, Night. Hill and Wang, 2006. ISBN 978-0374500016
  • Spiegelman, Maus: A Survivor’s Tale, My Father Bleeds History, Vol. I. (you might want to think about buying the combined vols. I & II. But we will only discuss the first in class.) ISBN 978-0394747231
  • Peter Weiss, The Investigation. Marion Boyars Publishing, 2000. ISBN 978-0714503011
  • BUY A STAPLER (to turn in papers)
  • All other readings will be made available at Canvas.

Representing the Holocaust

📖 Primary Literature (read as homework)
📌 Secondary material to be covered in class (Students will be responsible for citing the material on exams. If citing in essays, students should cite more precisely with author and page number. On exams, the information should be recalled and recited, but it is not necessary to remember authors’ names.)
✎ 1-page critical response (write)
📥 3-4 page essay (write)
👓 Guest Lecturer (listen, speak)
🎥 Movie
DateAssignments are due on the date to the left.
Week 1INTRODUCTION, WRITING POETRY AFTER AUSCHWITZ
Mon, August 26📌 Celan – “Death Fuge”
KAPITEL 1: ANFÄNGE: RUNEN, GERMANEN, LAUTVERSCHIEBUNGEN
Wed, August 28📖 USHMM, “History of the Holocaust: An Overview” [9 pages]
📖 USHMM, “Chronology of the Holocaust” [15 pages]
📖 Primo Levi - Survival in Auschwitz [187 pages]
Fri, August 30
Week 2
Mon, September 3🚫 Labor Day—no class
📖 Primo Levi - Survival in Auschwitz
Wed, September 4📖 Primo Levi - Survival in Auschwitz
Fri, September 6
Woche 3TESTIMONY AS REPRESENTATION
Mon, September 9📖 Agamben – “Witness” in Remnants of Auschwitz
🎥 Holocaust testimony. https://sfi.usc.edu/video-topics
Watch 30 minutes of clips among Holocaust testimony.
✎ 1-page critical response on clips. Think thematically rather than topically to write your response. What is striking about what they choose to talk about? What is their demeanor while talking? How do they differ from each other?
📌 Lang, Berel. "Holocaust Genres and the Turn to History." The Holocaust and the Text: Speaking the Unspeakable. Ed. Andrew Leak and George Paizis. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000. 17-31. [14 pages]
Wed, September 11Quiz: Chronology of the Holocaust

🎥 Shoah (France, 1985) [Excerpts: Disc 1, first 14 min., 00:42-1:30, 2:05-2:34 (end); Disc 2, 59:15-1:19, 1:42-1:53]
📌 "Site and Speech." An Interview with Claude Lanzmann about Shoah (1985)
📌 Bathrick, “Teaching Visual Culture and the Holocaust”
Fri, September 13
Week 4
KAPITEL 2: FRÜHES MITTELALTER: ENTWICKLUNG EINER DEUTSCHEN LITERATUR
Mon, September 16📖 Elie Wiesel – Night [120 pages]
🎥 Theresienstadt: The Führer gives a City to the Jews (Nazi Germany, 1944)
Wed, September 18📖 Elie Wiesel – Night
👓 Anne Thomas, International Coordinator of Stumbling Stone Initiative
Fri, September 20
Week 5
Mon, September 23📖 Elie Wiesel – Night
📌 Naomi Seidman – Faithful Renderings
Wed, September 25📌 🎥 Peter Eisenman: Building Germany’s Holocaust Memorial (USA, 2005) (available on Kanopy)

📖 Giorgio Bassani – “A Plaque on Via Mazzini” [25 pages]

📥 Essay on literary representations of the Holocaust: Elie Wiesel’s Night or Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz.
Fri, September 27
Week 6
KAPITEL 3: HOHES MITTELALTER: CHRISTENTUM, RITTERTUM, EPOS, MINNELYRIK
Mon, September 30🚫 Rosh Hashanah—no class

📖 Esther Dischereit – Before the High Holy Days the House Was Full of Whisperings and Rustlings [60 pages] http://www.eichengruen-platz.de/
📌 🎥 Entweder Broder, "Happy Holocaust" (0:00 – 9:13)
📌 Young, The Texture of Memory: Holocaust Memorials and Meaning
Wed, October 2Field Excursion – New England Holocaust Memorial
✎ Take a picture of the memorial and write a 1-page critical response of the affective work the memorial does, including the picture that YOU took (not one off the Internet). [Due next class]
Fri, October 4
Week 7
Mon, October 7Midterm
✎ 1-page critical response on memorial due.
Wed, October 9🚫 Yom Kippur—no class

Representing the Holocaust in the United States
🎥 Schindler’s List (USA, 1993)
📌 Claude Lanzmann, "Why Spielberg has Distorted the Truth" (1994)
📌 Hansen, “Schindler’s List Is Not Shoah: Second Commandment, Popular Modernism, and Public Memory”
Fri, October 11
Week 8
KAPITEL 4: SPÄTES MITTELALTER: MEISTERSANG, BUCHDRUCK, SCHWANK
Mon, October 14🚫 Fall Break—no class
Wed, October 16📖 Spiegelman – Maus I [155 pages]
Fri, October 18
Week 9
Mon, October 21🚫 Sukkot—no class
📖 Spiegelman – Maus I
✎ 1-page critical response
Wed, October 23REPRESENTING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

🎥 Amen (USA, 2002)
📖 Rebuttal to Amen http://www.catholiceducation.org/en/culture/history/800-000-saved-by-pius-xiis-silence.html
👓 Prof. Michalczyk, Boston College Prof. of Art, Art History and Film
Fri, October 25
Woche 10
KAPITEL 5: REFORMATION: BIBELÜBERSETZUNG, STANDARDISIERUNG DER DEUTSCHEN SPRACHE
Mon, October 28
Wed, October 30
Fri, November 1
Week 11
Mon, November 4📖 S. 147–149: Erasmus von Rotterdam
📖 Zeittafel, S. 165–168
📌 Der abenteuerliche Simplicissimus, Kapitel 5-8
🔑 Humanismus
📥 Übungen S. 160 ungerade
KAPITEL 6: BAROCK
Wed, November 6📖 S. 171–176: Die Gegenreformation, Der Krieg, Deutschland nach dem Krieg, Das Barock, Das Leben in der Barockzeit
📌 Der abenteuerliche Simplicissimus, Kapitel 9-12
🔑 Barock (S. 173, 184)
📥 Übungen S. 179-180 ungerade (bis "Das Leben in der Barockzeit")
Fri, November 8
Week 12
Mon, November 11📌 Der abenteuerliche Simplicissimus, Kapitel 17-19
✎ 1-seitige Lesereaktion

Wed, November 13📖 S. 182–184: Sprache
📌 Der abenteuerliche Simplicissimus, Kapitel 20-22
🔑 Kunstsprache
📥 Übungen S. 185 ungerade
Fri, November 15
Week 13
Mon, November 18✍️ Prüfung 3: Kapitel 5 + 6
Wed, November 20
Fri, November 22
Week 14
KAPITEL 7: DIE AUFKLÄRUNG
Mon, November 25📌 Glickl von Hameln, Memoiren [Canvas, Auszug aus Buch 3]
Wed, November 27🚫 Thanksgiving—no class
📖 S. 205–209, 227–228: Die Folgen des Krieges, Im Reich Friedrichs II., Maria Theresia und Friedrich der Große, Die Vernunft, und Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
🔑 Vernunft
📥 Übungen S. 215-216, 240-241 gerade
Fri, November 29🚫 Thanksgiving—no class
Week 15
Mon, December 2
Wed, December 4📖 S. 224–227, 228-231: Christian Fürchtegott Gellert, Matthias Claudius
🔑 Fabel
📥 Übungen S. 239-243 gerade (nicht "Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Etwas zum Nachdenken, Aufgaben")
Fri, December 6
Week 16
Mon, December 9🎓 Last Day. Course Synthesis.
✍️ Final Exam um 12.30 Uhr
📥 Kulturpass Deutsche Veranstaltung 2 ist fällig.