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Teaching the Holocaust: Making Literary Theory Memorable

  • Johannes BurgersEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter addresses the integration of a Holocaust unit into an “Introduction to Literary Theory” course. While the first half of the course was more traditional, the second part covered Holocaust narratives from the perspective of cultural memory theory, which argues that memories of public events are mediated by language and society. Drawing on student writings and personal reflections, this chapter shows how discussing the Holocaust helped students make the critical connection between narrative and theory. The chapter concludes by arguing for learning activities that promote a critical vocabulary that asks students to continuously question how mass atrocities like the Holocaust are memorialized, and thereby forces them to inhabit the uncomfortable space between private memory and public remembrance.

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  1. 1.Department of EnglishAshoka UniversityNew DelhiIndia

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