This course name and description ONLY applies to academic year 2021-2022

HIST 13184-2: The Ethics of Survival: Hope and Despair in 20th Century Autobiographical Literature


This seminar will introduce first-year students to the historical discipline and its method through close reading of selected autobiographical narratives about survival, hope, and despair in Soviet and Nazi concentration camps (works by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Eugenia Ginzburg, and Primo Levi). Students will be asked to complete reading assignments, participate in class discussions and write four short primary-source analysis papers that will give them an opportunity to: a) familiarize themselves with a particular chronological period and theme; and b) communicate their understanding of historical issues orally and in writing.