In this lecture, we looked at some of the key questions that we will try to answer in this module: where does the name “Holocaust” come from? What other names are there for the Holocaust? What challenges does the Holocaust pose for trying to understand what Alain Badiou called the ‘accursed century’? How does thinking about the Holocaust affect the way we think about music? We also took a short tour through the structure of the module, talk about how it will be structured, how it will be assessed and the kinds of things we expect of you on this module. We also talked about the languages of the Holocaust: what languages did the victims speak? Who were they? Finally, this session will give a short overview of the kinds of music-making that victims undertook during the Holocaust.
During the lecture we listened to some of the following musical examples:
And the following:
- “S’brent” 1938 by Mordechai Gebirtik
Next week we will continue talking about the specific kinds off music making engaged in during the Holocaust and discuss Zygmunt Bauman, Modernity and the Holocaust
THIS WEEK (from Tuesday 9th February 2016) we begin sessions for the module. PLEASE NOTE NEW TIMES as follows:
seminar slot 1: 1100-1200, Tuesdays LR1
seminar slot 2: 1300-1400, Tuesdays LR1
seminar slot 3: 1600-1700, Tuesdays LR1
Lecture: 1500-1700, Fridays FALT
See you all then
Please note that this is a draft schedule; there will be some changes in the next few weeks but all changes will be finalised in time for the publication of the module handbook in late September.
This schedule is a draft
||Hour 1 (usually lecture)
||Hour 2 (usually language)
||An early response to the Holocaust: Arnold Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw (1947) and other works
||Language revision: texts 5 and 5a of the zamlung fun yidishe tekste.
||Recent developments in Holocaust Studies: some useful methodological approaches
||Texts 6, 6a and 6b of the zamlung fun yidishe tekste: impersonal pronouns; comparative adjectives
||Memory Studies 1: Models for thinking memory after the Holocaust
||Preparing for the language test: work through mock paper together
||Memory Studies 2: Yizker-bikher, memorialisation and remembrance
||Full language session: reading practice; Holocaust sources in Yiddish
||Preparing for your essay: question and answer session; models of good practice in essay writing
||More language revision: reading writing and listening practice
||Revision: Yiddish language session
||Final language session
||Over to you: finalising your essay (hand-in date in week 12)
This schedule is a draft
Please find below draft module schedules for semester 1 and 2.
Please note that, until the module handbook has been finalised, these are still draft. Finalised schedules will be posted in late August, early September.
Semester one draft schedule
Semester two draft schedule