GERST 4411

GERST 4411

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2018-2019.

There is an astonishing discrepancy between our perception of the Holocaust as a central event of the twentieth century and its marginal place in postwar culture.  It is during those years, nevertheless, that the destruction of European Jews aroused an intellectual debate whose philosophical, political, and literary contributions constitute landmarks for contemporary culture and criticism.  The course will explore the reasons for such a discrepancy, reconstructing the steps of the integration of the Holocaust into our historical consciousness.  It will analyze some of the most significant attempts to think such a trauma made by German-Jewish exiles (Arendt, Adorno, Anders), the survivors of the Nazi camps (Améry, Levi, Celan, Antelme), as well as the public intellectuals on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean (Sartre, Bataille, MacDonald, etc).

When Offered Spring.

Distribution Category (LA-AS)

Comments Co-meets with COML 6415/FREN 6415/GERST 6411/GOVT 6786/HIST 6233/JWST 6415/ROMS 6410.

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  • 16632 GERST 4411   SEM 101