Memory and Science, Poetry and Genocide: Primo Levi and the Legacy of the
All by Primo Levi:
YOU WILL NEED THE COURSE READER TO PREPARE FOR THE FIRST CLASS SESSION
PLEASE NOTE: An electronic blackboard has been established for
this course and the syllabus will be posted there. Blackboard is very
user-friendly and it will be necessary to access and check it
throughout the course.
http://blackboard.wesleyan.edu/ (log in by using your email username and password)
Please read: Jorge Luis Borges, “Funes, The Memorious” (Reader); Dori Laub, M.D. “Bearing Witness, or the Vicissitudes of Listening” (Reader); Alexander Stille; “Primo Levi and the Art of Memory” (Reader)
Freud, “A Note Upon a Mystic Writing Pad” (Reader)
Screening of Sidney Lumet’s “The Pawnbroker”.
Discussion: “The Pawnbroker”
Read for discussion in class: Survival at Auschwitz
Survival at Auschwitz
In-class screening: testimony from the Fortunoff Archives
One-page (typed) paper on Survival at Auschwitz due at class time
|July 14||The Reawakening|
In class screening: Francesco Rosi’s “The Truce”.
The Periodic Table
Paper due at class time on The Reawakening/The Truce
|July 26||The Periodic Table|
Selections from The Sixth Day (Reader)
Moments of Reprieve (specific selections tba)
Paper due at class time on The Periodic Table
Saul Friedlander, “A Conflict of Memories? The New German Debates about the ‘Final Solution”; Omer Bartov
If not now, when?
Paper due at class time on short stories
not now, when?
Paper due at class time on Poems
The Drowned and the Saved
Levi on suicide, Levi’s “suicide”
Cynthia Ozick: “Primo Levi’s Suicide Note”
Jean Améry: “At the Mind’s Limits”
|Requirements for the Course|
Five, one- to one-and-half page papers due at times indicated on the syllabus. These papers may not exceed one-and-half pages.
2 type-written questions on the material due the first day reading is assigned. Questions should be designed to stimulate discussion. Questions are due at class time and will be handed in and evaluated.
A final 10-page paper will be due August 17 and should be emailed to the professor as an attachment with a copy sent to the GLSP (exact email address will be made precise toward the end of the course)
|Honor Code Statement|
Students are expected to observe the Honor Code as outlined in Wesleyayn's Blue Book .
Quality participation in class discussion: 15%
written questions on the material: 10%
short papers: 40%
final paper: 35%
I will mark papers and questions on a 4.0 system. This system gives me a little more flexibility, which in turn benefits the student. The chart given below gives you an idea of the corresponding grades:
4.0 A 2.5 B-/C+ 1.0 D
3.7 A- 2.3 C+ 0.7 D-
3.5 A-/B+ 2.0 C 0.5 and below: failing
3.3 B+ 1.7 C-
3.0 B 1.5 C-/D+
2.7 B- 1.3 D+
Late papers are to be avoided! In the interest of parity among students, I will reduce the grade by 0.3 (roughly a +/-) per day the paper is late. “Skipped” papers are registered as “0.0”.
Incompletes will not be granted.