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FR351E: HOLOCAUST MEMORY AND LITERATURE IN FRANCE (2023-2024)

Last modified: 12 Jan 2024 16:16


Course Overview

The course will examine how memory and literature about the Holocaust have developed in France and its broader cultural context. After mapping key shifts and tensions in this field, it will look at a range of literary texts on the Holocaust and France’s Vichy regime, and it will also consider questions of Jewish identity in the aftermath of these events, including from a contemporary perspective.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Fransiska Louwagie

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

How do people and nations deal with a past event such as the Holocaust? How is it narrated and remembered? This module sets out to analyse how literature in French represents a difficult past and how these narratives relate to matters of identity and to broader social, cultural and literary contexts. The module will look critically at representations and constructions of the past and at their underlying assumptions. It will discuss different types of memory and their role and use in contemporary society, including in terms of transmission and identity construction. These concepts will be applied to a range of diverse case-studies, including from authors from minority backgrounds.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • History, memory and literature
  • Representation of historical disasters and traumas
  • Memory and representation of the Vichy régime
  • Memory and representation of the Holocaust
  • Post-memory and Jewish identity in contemporary literature

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 70
Assessment Weeks 40 Feedback Weeks 43

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Feedback

Individual written feedback provided on coursework.

Word Count 2500
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseYou will acquire a knowledge and understanding of: The representation of testimony, post-memory and second or third generation narratives.
ConceptualEvaluateYou will acquire a knowledge and understanding of: The role of literature in terms of identity- and nation-building processes.
FactualAnalyseYou will demonstrate an ability to synthesise material from disparate sources and to take account of the wider cultural context of the topic under consideration
ProceduralApplyYou will apply critical reading skills to various cultural, literary, filmic, sociological and anthropological texts
ProceduralApplyYou will acquire habits for autonomous learning, independently applying insights gained on the course to unfamiliar material
ProceduralApplyYou will conduct independent investigations using basic research methodology
ProceduralCreateYou will articulate your views in speech and writing using the appropriate discourse for the subject
ProceduralEvaluateYou will select, evaluate and organise primary and secondary material

Case Study Report

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks 31 Feedback Weeks 34

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Feedback

Students will deliver formative oral group presentations (week 7) on key concepts in memory studies, and, following feedback, will apply their selected concept to a case study in an individual assessed 1,000 word report (submitted in week 9). Individual and group written feedback provided on coursework.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyYou will acquire a knowledge and understanding of: key analytical concepts in the field of literary and memory studies and their application to selected case studies
ConceptualUnderstandYou will acquire a knowledge and understanding of: the social, public and literary functions and uses of history and memory, with particular attention to national and minority identity politics
FactualAnalyseYou will demonstrate an ability to synthesise material from disparate sources and to take account of the wider cultural context of the topic under consideration
ProceduralApplyYou will conduct independent investigations using basic research methodology
ProceduralApplyYou will acquire habits for autonomous learning, independently applying insights gained on the course to unfamiliar material
ProceduralCreateYou will articulate your views in speech and writing using the appropriate discourse for the subject

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralApplyYou will conduct independent investigations using basic research methodology
ProceduralApplyYou will acquire habits for autonomous learning, independently applying insights gained on the course to unfamiliar material
ProceduralEvaluateYou will select, evaluate and organise primary and secondary material
ConceptualUnderstandYou will acquire a knowledge and understanding of: the social, public and literary functions and uses of history and memory, with particular attention to national and minority identity politics
ProceduralApplyYou will apply critical reading skills to various cultural, literary, filmic, sociological and anthropological texts
ConceptualApplyYou will acquire a knowledge and understanding of: key analytical concepts in the field of literary and memory studies and their application to selected case studies
ConceptualEvaluateYou will acquire a knowledge and understanding of: The role of literature in terms of identity- and nation-building processes.
ProceduralCreateYou will articulate your views in speech and writing using the appropriate discourse for the subject
FactualAnalyseYou will demonstrate an ability to synthesise material from disparate sources and to take account of the wider cultural context of the topic under consideration
ConceptualAnalyseYou will acquire a knowledge and understanding of: The representation of testimony, post-memory and second or third generation narratives.

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