GOVT 6786

GOVT 6786

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.

Comments Co-meets with COML 4415/FREN 4415/GERST 4411/GOVT 4786/HIST 4233/JWST 4410/ROMS 4410.

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  • 17949GOVT 6786  SEM 101