A new course taught by Professor Peter Balakian will be offered in Fall 2013.
“THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE AND HOLOCAUST: MEMORY AND REPRESENTATION”
This course is an investigation of the impact of genocide on the self and the imagination’s representations in literature, film, and video testimony; primary texts will include poetry, memoir, video testimony, film, and visual art. Methodology will involve literary criticism and theoretical works in the study of trauma, literary theory, and testimony. The course will concern itself with the aftermath of two twentieth century genocides—that of the Armenians in Turkey during World War I and of the Jews in Europe during World War II—both seminal events of the twentieth century that, in various ways, became models for ensuing genocides. Students will be permitted to write about other post-genocidal texts with the instructor’s permission.
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