LIT224 : Representing the Holocaust

Convenor(s): Dr Sue Vice and Dr Jenni Adams:


Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information

This course focuses on the range of representations concerning the Nazis' genocidal policies in the Second World War. It will explore the variety of generic responses to the Holocaust, including testimony, memoir, non-fiction prose, fiction, graphic novels, poetry and film, by writers ranging from Primo Levi to Anne Michaels, Art Spiegelman to Charlotte Delbo. Issues to be examined include the nature and boundaries of the genre of testimony, the possibility and appropriateness of poetry after Auschwitz, the relationship between the Holocaust and the postmodern, the significance of gender issues in the representation of the Holocaust, and the issues which arise in the representation of this event from a child’s perspective. We also consider critical and theoretical approaches to these texts, provided in a course pack of secondary reading.


There are two seminars each week. In one we will discuss the set text for the week; and in the second we will relate the text to the critical reading from the module course pack.


You can choose either two essays (one of 1500 for 40%, one of 2500 for 60%), or a long essay of 4000 words for 100%.

Contact Details

Dr Sue Vice and Dr Jenni Adams: or

Information last changed: Monday 10th of August 2015 :: 12:40:14 PM (BST)


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK