Spring 2017

Holocaust Literature

Listed in: English, as ENGL-417  |  European Studies, as EUST-417

Moodle site: Course


Justin D. Cammy (Section 01)


(Offered as ENGL 417 and EUST 417.)  This course explores creative responses to the destruction of European Jewry, differentiating between literature written in extremis in ghettos, concentration/extermination camps, or in hiding, and the vast post-war literature about the Holocaust.  How to balance competing claims of individual and collective experience, the rights of the imagination and the pressures for historical accuracy?  How does the Holocaust in American culture differ from the Holocaust narrated in Jewish or European languages?  Readings from a variety of literary genres are complemented by consideration of Holocaust memorials, museums, film, and critical theories of representation.

Recommended requisite:  A prior college-level course in literature and/or twentieth-century European history.  Students not majoring in English or European Studies are welcome.  Limited to 15 students.  Spring semester.  Visiting Professor Cammy.

If Overenrolled: Students will be asked to write a few sentences on why they want to take the course.


Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Research, Attention to Writing, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2019-20: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2017