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Primo Levi and the Literature of the Holocaust

This course will consider what it means to bear witness to the Holocaust through literature. The course centers on Primo Levi, who like many others, was caught between his identity as a survivor and his role as author. We will look at the theory of trauma and the narration of the traumatic event. What is gained, lost, or recovered in the act of bearing witness to tragedy? How does the experience of having been a victim of the Shoah define Levi and the survivor in general? We will analyze the act of writing about the Holocaust, considering Levi’s narrative style as it differs from those of other important survivor authors as well as the significance of genre in understanding traumatic events through literature.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • The life and work of Primo Levi
  • Familiarity with the theory of trauma and the experience of narrating trauma

Ideal for

  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
  • Professionals who use critical thinking
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.