Introductory Seminar in Post-1700 European History

Spring 2014

HIEU 1502 (1)

Introductory Seminar in Post-1700 European History

"Memories of Jewish Eastern Europe"

Hanna Schmidt Hollaender

This course explores American and European memory of Jewish life in Eastern Europe before and during the Holocaust. Beginning with an introduction to memory studies and a definition of working terms, this course examines the topic through diverse media such as literature, museums, testimonies, photos, cookbooks, and ghost stories. Introductory readings on Eastern European Jewry will provide the historical background to discuss the memories formed in American and European communities. The class will serve as an introduction to historical research with different types of sources and the (de-)construction of historical narratives. The class will be conducted in discussion and lecture style, emphasizing active participation of every attendee. Reading load will be an average of 60 pages a week. Assessment will be based on active participation in class and written work, including response papers or equivalent assignments (200-300 words) and a term paper. In order to support the writing process there will be several stages in the production and submission process. Stages will include a topic proposal (300 words), an argument proposal (1-2 pages), and a research paper (2,500-3,000 words). The course fulfills the second writing requirement.


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University of Virginia
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