Thinking After the Holocaust|
|Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies|
|Course Cluster: Urban Studies|
The Holocaust is an epoch-making event that challenges many ideas about the modern world, human nature, and God. In this course, we examine some of the difficult questions raised in the aftermath of this catastrophe: Can one adequately represent such a catastrophe in words and images? What is the relation between modern bureaucracy and genocide? How have Jewish thinkers answered the question: Where was God during this dark period? Is it possible to forgive such atrocities, and if so, who has the right of forgiveness? In our search for answers, we will engage various sources, including philosophical and theological texts, films, and memorial sites.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Jean Améry, AT THE MIND¿S LIMIT: CONTEMPLATIONS BY A SURVIVOR ON AUSCHWITZ AND ITS REALITIES
Hannah Arendt, EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM: A REPORT ON THE BANALITY OF EVIL
Richard Rubenstein, AFTER AUSCHWITZ: HISTORY, THEOLOGY, AND CONTEMPORARY JUDAISM
James Young, AT MEMORY¿S EDGE: AFTER-IMAGES OF THE HOLOCAUST IN CONTEMPORARY ART AND ARCHITECTURE
|Examination and Assignments: |
5 short reflection pieces, 2 term papers (5-6 pages), final paper on a topic of the student¿s choice (8-10 pages).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the "Thematic Approach" requirement for the Religion Major.
|Instructor(s): Feller,Yaniv Times: .M...F. 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: RSCSEM; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 19||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 4||SO: 0||FR: X|