JWST 463 Spring 2015 The Holocaust Visualized

Cross Listed as ARTH463
This seminar will examine how memories of the Holocaust have been conveyed through visual means and consider what historical, cultural and political circumstances have caused various nations to remember the Holocaust differently. We will discuss the issues prompted by public memorials, exhibitions and, as one writer puts it, the "museumification" of concentration camps. How should we define the Holocaust? Whose memory should take precedence? Should we allow collapsing sites of memory to collapse. What is lost or gained by the inclusion of texts with images? How might memory be misrepresented by the exhibition of visual materials such as video testimony, photographs and artifacts? In addition, we will study art about the Holocaust, including Art Spiegelman's graphic novel, Maus, and films, such as Night and Fog, Shoah and Schindler's List, to ask whether constructed or simulated images can convey the experience of the Holocaust as well as documentary ones. Additionally, we need to consider ways in which the images of the Holocaust, by now too well-known, have been instrumentalized by groups wishing to minimize the Shoah (e.g., the recent Holocaust cartoon competition in Tehran, 2006.)
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: active participation in class discussion and regular participation in a class listserver discussion group, one oral presentation, and one research paper; no exams; field trip to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.
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Prerequisites: none; not open to auditors or first-year students
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Material and Lab Fees: field trip: estimated cost $260.
Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARTH; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under JWST
Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: JWST Core Electives
Enrollment Limit: 12
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Class Number: 3098
JWST 463 - 01 (S) LEC The Holocaust Visualized Division 2: Social Studies Cancelled 3098
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