In this course we will analyze how feature films from European countries and the United States have depicted the Holocaust and other genocides. The course begins with the establishment of the iconography of the Holocaust in the documentaries about Nazi concentration and death camps. The core of the course examines the evolution of the most common genres employed and issues addressed in such motion pictures over time and place. It concludes by examining the influence and resistance to Holocaust movie tropes in portrayals of other genocides. The class format will vary from some background lectures, in-class viewings, and student discussions and film reviews.
Note: Master's students should register for HGS 523. Doctoral students should register for HGS 743.