HYM4290 - Holocaust memories: landscape, mourning, identity
12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL
Postgraduate Faculty of Arts
Leader: Associate Professor Mark Baker
Clayton First semester 2008 (Day)
This unit will trace the changing contours of Holocaust memory from the end of the Second World War to the present. Themes to be discussed include debates about the uniqueness of the Holocaust and its use as the paradigmatic genocide; 'death camp tourism' and the topography of genocide; testimonies and other forms of writing by survivors and their children; the religious challenges of the Holocaust and the ritualisation of memory; commemoration in national and international spheres; memory, forgetfulness and denial; the inter-generational transmission of trauma; and the relationship that remembering the Holocaust has to Jewish identity and to Jewish political existence.
Upon completion of the course, students will be expected:
Seminar Participation: 10%; Short Essay (3000 words): 30%; Research Essay (6000 words): 60%.
One 2 hour seminar