We will examine the rhetoric of Holocaust survivor testimony by reading, writing about, and discussing accounts by and about survivors of the Holocaust. We will begin with Primo Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz and Elie Wiesel’s Night, the most widely read and taught survivor accounts of the Nazi genocide of the Jews. These two accounts are widely taken to epitomize two possible responses to the Holocaust, the religious and the secular; published four decades later, Ruth Kluger’s Still Alive is a disruptive newcomer to the largely male canon of Holocaust literature.
Note: This course is meant for advanced MA students or PhD students; MA students seeking to register should consult with Program Director. Master's students should register for HGS 635. Doctoral students should register for HGS 735.