ITAL581 - MODRN/CONTEMP ITAL CLTR

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Section 401 - SEM
In this course we will explore the relation between language and silence, sign and removal in the representation of the Holocaust, during and after World War II, in literature, movies, art. During Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the Great Synagogue of Rome on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, a small number of Holocaust survivors from Italy's Jewish community were on hand wearing blue-and-white scarves. They presented the pope with a letter which said: «The silence of those who could have done something has marked our lives and those of our children who have shared our suffering all these years». Is it possible to speak also of a silence of the victims, and not only of the persecutors? We will address the interconnections and differences between their understandings of trauma and shame, examining cases taken from movies, literature, and history. Among the texts presented in the course there will be the following ones: a) movies: The Mortal Storm (Frank Borzage, 1940); Long Night in 1943 (Florestano Vancini, 1960); Judgment at Nuremberg (Stanley Kramer, 1961); The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970); The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Vittorio De Sica, 1970); Lacombe Lucien (Louis Malle, 1974); Sophie’s Choice (Alan J. Pakula, 1980); Conspiracy (Frank Pierson, 2001); Tsili (Amos Gitai, 2014); b) books: Primo Levi, The Truce (1963); Aharon Appelfeld, Badenheim 1939 (1978); Leslie Epstein, King of the Jews (1979); Joshua Sobol, The Ghetto (1984). The course will be taught in English. The course is open to undergraduates under permission from the instructor.
M 0200PM-0400PM
ELKANN, ALAIN
FINOTTI, FABIO
WILLIAMS HALL 28