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  1. SEMESTER 1 48 items
    1. Week 1 (22 September) 2 items
      1. Recommended viewing 2 items
        1. As seen through these eyes - Hilary Helstein, Maya Angelou, Sean Hubbert, Tanya Phipps c2009 (videorecording)

          Audio-visual document Recommended

        2. As Seen Through These Eyes Study Guide - Douglas Wadley

          Document Recommended For additional guidance. See: esp. pp. 7-24.

    2. Week 2 (29 September) 2 items
      1. Required reading 2 items
        1. This way for the gas ladies and gentlemen - Tadeusz Borowski, Barbara Vedder, Jan Kott 1976

          Book Essential See: Chapter 1 available via Online Resource Button.

        2. The drowned and the saved - Primo Levi 1989

          Book Essential See: Levi, Primo. The Grey Zone, pp. 22-51. Available via Online Resource Button.

    3. Week 3 (6 October) - Matters of Terminology: Holocaust or Shoah? 2 items
        • Handouts on Moodle

      1. Remnants of Auschwitz: the witness and the archive - Giorgio Agamben c1999

        Book  See: Agamben, Giorgio. The Witness, pp. 15-39. Available via Online Resource button.

    4. Week 4 (13 October) 8 items
      1. Required reading 3 items
        1. Four decades of Polish essays - Jan Kott c1990

          Book Essential See: Blonski, Jan. The poor Poles look at the ghetto, pp. 222-235. Available via Online Resource button.

        2. New and collected poems, 1931-2001 - Czesław Miłosz 2006

          Book Essential See: 'Campo dei Fiori' and 'A Poor Christian Looks at the Ghetto' (two poems from 1945).

        3. Neighbours - J.T. Gross 12/03/2001

          Article Essential

      2. Recommended reading 5 items
        1. Bondage to the dead: Poland and the memory of the Holocaust - Michael Steinlauf 1997

          Book Recommended

        2. Fear: anti-semitism in Poland after Auschwitz : an essay in historical interpretation - Jan Tomasz Gross c2006

          Book Recommended

    5. Week 5 (20 October) 7 items
      1. Required reading 5 items
        1. Selected poems - Tadeusz Różewicz 1994

          Book Essential See: the poems 'The Survivor', 'What Luck', 'Pigtail', 'Witness' and 'Without'. Previous edition (1994) in stock at Slavonic UR780 1994.

        2. Selected poems - Tadeusz Różewicz 1994

          Book Essential See: Osborne, John. Tadeusz Rozewicz: 'Pigtail', pp. 347-354. Previous edition (1994) in stock at Slavonic UR780 1994.

        3. Poetry after Auschwitz: remembering what one never knew - Susan Gubar c2003

          Book Essential See: Gubar, Susan. Poetry and survival, pp. 241-264

        4. Miracle fair: selected poems of Wisława Szymborska - Wisława Szymborska 2002

          Book  Optional. See: the poem 'Still'.

        5. Monologue of a dog: new poems - Wisława Szymborska c2006

          Book  Optional. See: the poem 'Monologue of a Dog Ensnared in History'.

      2. Recommended reading 2 items
        1. Traumatic realism: the demands of Holocaust representation - Michael Rothberg 2000

          Book Recommended See: Rothberg, Michael. Chapter 1. After Adorno: culture in the wake of catastrophe, pp. 25-58.

        2. Poetry after Auschwitz: remembering what one never knew - Susan Gubar c2003

          Book Recommended See: Gubar, Susan. Poetry and survival, pp. 241-264.

    6. Week 6 (27 October) 2 items
      1. Required reading 1 item
        1. Babi Yar - Yevgeni Yevtushenko

          Webpage Essential Poem, 1957.

      2. Recommended reading 1 item
        1. The Jews of Bielorussia during World War II - Shalom Cholawsky 1998

          Book Recommended

    7. Week 7 (3 November) - Paul Celan, Todesfuge 9 items
      1. Required reading 2 items
        1. Selected poems - Paul Celan, Michael Hamburger 1996, c1995

          Book Essential

        2. Paul Celan: poet, survivor, Jew - John Felstiner c1995

          Book Essential

      2. Further readings 7 items
        1. Reluctant theologians: Franz Kafka, Paul Celan, Edmond Jabès - Beth Hawkins 2003

          Book Further

        2. Poetry as experience - Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe c1999

          Book Further

        3. After Babel: aspects of language and translation - George Steiner 1998

          Book Further

        4. The poetry of thought: from Hellenism to Celan - George Steiner 2011

          Book Further

    8. Week 8 and 9 (10 and 17 November) - Primo Levi's If This is a Man [Dr Penny Morris, Italian] 11 items
      1. Required reading 1 item
        1. If this is a man: and, The truce - Primo Levi 1991

          Book Essential Previous edition (1987, c1979) in stock at Italian GL284.S36E 1987.

      2. Recommended reading 9 items
        1. Primo Levi: bridges of knowledge - Mirna Cicioni 1995

          Book Recommended

        2. Primo Levi's ordinary virtues: from testimony to ethics - Robert S. C. Gordon c2001

          Book Recommended

        3. The drowned and the saved - Primo Levi 1989

          Book Recommended

        4. At an uncertain hour: Primo Levi's war against oblivion - Anthony Rudolf 1990

          Book Recommended

        5. A Dante of our time: Primo Levi and Auschwitz - Risa B Sodi 1990

          Book Recommended

        6. The memory of the offence: Primo Levi's If this is a man - Judith Woolf c2001

          Book Recommended

        7. If this is a woman: inside Ravensbrück : Hitler's concentration camp for women - Sarah Helm 2015

          Book Recommended

      3. Recommended viewing 1 item
        1. Primo, 03:20 21/09/2007, BBC4, 80 mins - Antony Sher, Richard Wilson, Primo Levi [2004?]

          Audio-visual document Recommended

    9. Week 10 (24 November) 5 items
      1. Required reading 1 item
        1. Once - Morris Gleitzman 2005

          Book Essential

      2. Recommended reading 4 items
        1. Then - Morris Gleitzman 2009, c2008

          Book Recommended

        2. Now - Morris Gleitzman 2010

          Book Recommended

        3. Representing the Holocaust in children's literature - Lydia Kokkola 2003

          Book Recommended

  2. SEMESTER 2 13 items
    1. Week 1 (12 January) 1 item
      1. Recommended for class discussion 1 item
        1. Thinking about the Holocaust: after half a century - Alvin H. Rosenfeld c1997

          Book Recommended See: Avisar, Ilan. Holocaust movies and the politics of collective memory, pp. 38-58.

    2. Week 2 (19 January) 3 items
      1. Required viewing prior to discussion 1 item
        1. The Pianist, 00:15 28/02/2009, ITV3, 150 mins - Roman Polanski 2002

          Audio-visual document Essential

      2. Required reading 2 items
        1. The pianist: the extraordinary story of one man's survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945 - Władysław Szpilman, Wilm Hosenfeld 2002

          Book Essential

        2. The Lucifer effect: how good people turn evil - Philip G. Zimbardo 2009

          Book Essential See: pp. 260-275.

    3. Week 3 and 4 (26 January, 2 February) 1 item
    4. Week 5 and 6 (9 February, 16 February) 5 items
      1. Recommended reading 5 items
        1. The representation of the Shoah in literature and film in Central Europe: 1970s and 1980s = Die Darstellung der Shoah in Literatur und Film in Mitteleuropa : die siebziger und achtziger Jahre 2012

          Book Recommended See: Jan Culik, "The Holocaust as a metaphor of oppression during the times of Husák’s normalization”.

        2. Divided We Fall (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

          Webpage Recommended An overview of reviews, primarily in the US.

    5. Week 7 and 8 (23 February, 2 March) [Dr Mirna Solic, Czech/Croatian/Comparative Literature] 2 items
      1. Lea & Darija - Branko Ivanda 2011

        Audio-visual document 

        • Readings tbc.

    6. Week 9 (9 March) 1 item
      1. Final session - Does locality matter? Overview of the cinema bloc Holocaust: the ethics of representation.

  3. General list of recommended further readings 19 items
    1. Minima moralia: reflections from damaged life - Theodor W. Adorno, E. F. N. Jephcott 1974

      Book Further

    2. Remnants of Auschwitz: the witness and the archive - Giorgio Agamben c1999 (2002 printing)

      Book Further

    3. Eichmann in Jerusalem: a report on the banality of evil - Hannah Arendt, Amos Elon 2006

      Book Further

    4. Essays in understanding, 1930-1954 - Hannah Arendt, Jerome Kohn 1994

      Book Further

    5. Modernity and the Holocaust - Zygmunt Bauman c2000

      Book Further

    6. The Holocaust and history: the known, the unknown, the disputed, and the reexamined - Michael Berenbaum, Abraham J. Peck, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum c1998

      Book Further Previous edition (c1998) in stock at History VF574 BER.

    7. Probing the limits of representation: Nazism and the "final solution" - Saul Friedländer 1992

      Book Further

    8. The kingdom of Auschwitz - Otto Friedrich c1994

      Book Further

    9. If this is a woman: inside Ravensbrück : Hitler's concentration camp for women - Sarah Helm 2015

      Book Further

    10. The drowned and the saved - Primo Levi 1989

      Book Further

    11. Reference guide to Holocaust literature - Thomas Riggs 2002

      Book Further

    12. Thinking about the Holocaust: after half a century - Alvin H. Rosenfeld c1997

      Book Further

    13. Facing the extreme: moral life in the concentration camps - Tzvetan Todorov 1999, c1996

      Book Further

    14. Visual culture and the Holocaust - Barbie Zelizer c2001

      Book Further

    15. The Yale Journal of Criticism Spring 2001

      Journal Further Special issue: Interpretation and the Holocaust.

    16. Simon Wiesenthal Center Multimedia Learning Center

      Website Further More comprehensive information on the Holocaust can be found on this website.