Studies in Film
|Spring 2008 Wednesdays 6:45-9:30 p.m., Williams 317 and for viewings and tech training Thursdays 6:45-9:30 Williams 013
Human Rights and the Politics of Traumatic Memory: Visualizing the Holocaust
This class uses an
interdisciplinary approach (drawing principally from film
theory, critical theory, cultural studies, literature, the visual arts, and human rights law) to answer the following
- How do we construct
a sense of “justice” and “human rights” in the face of the Holocaust?
- Is there a “proper”
or “commensurate” way to represent the Holocaust through film alongside literature, art or critical theory?
- What is the role of
memory (and institutionalized history) in our relationship to the trauma
of the Holocaust?
- What roles do
popular culture, and particularly film, play in visualizing the Holocaust?
- What roles do literature, visual art, and critical theory play in memorializing the Holocaust?
- How do film genre
conventions shape the way in which we visualize the Holocaust?
- How do the different media/forms of expression (literature, poetry, art) differentially enable us and limit us in "getting at" the experience of the Holocaust?
- How does
stereotyping of race, gender, class, sexuality, and other factors
influence the way in which we sift the “facts” from the “fictions” of
representing the Holocaust?