NOR 224 Lit and Film of the Holocaust

NOR 224 Lit and Film of the Holocaust

For many years following WWII in Norway, parts of war history were left unspoken. Norway’s role in the Holocaust was a particularly silent chapter in the collective memory of the war. This course explores how literature and film address this silence both by representing Jewish and refugee war experiences and by complicating the national narrative of Nazi villains and Norwegian resistance movement heroes. Selected novels, films, diary and memoir excerpts and poetry provide voices that challenge the national narrative and reshape Norwegian collective memory of World War II. Scholarly articles and lectures guide the course discussion of historiography and cultural memory in the Norwegian context. It is expected that each student will be a prepared and engaged contributor to collective and individual learning in the class. The course has no pre-requisites.