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ENGLISH 4HL3 Canadian Holocaust Novels (C01)

Academic Year: Fall 2019

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Roger Hyman

Email: hymanr@mcmaster.ca

Office: Chester New Hall 302

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23732

Office Hours: TBA



Course Objectives:

Canadian Holocaust Novels                                                                                                                    

This course will examine selected Canadian novels that respond to the Holocaust. We will also discuss some of the aesthetic and ethical issues involved in such responses.


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Reading List:

Henry Kreisel, “The Homecoming” in The Almost Meeting and Other Stories.

Mavis Gallant, The Pegnitz Junction.

Phyliss Gotlieb, Why Should I Have All the Grief.

Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces. 

Moscowitz, Hanna. “East of Berlin

Natalie Morrill, The Ghost Keeper

Suggested Complementary Reading

A.M. Klein The Second Scroll

Suggested Secondary Reading:

Myers, D.G. “Responsible for Every Single Pain: Holocaust Literature and the Ethics of Interpretation”

Alvarez, A. “The Literature of the Holocaust.” Beyond All This Fiddle. London: Allen Lane, 1968: 22-33.

Carroll, James. Constantine’s Sword. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2001.

Langer, Lawrence. The Holocaust and the Literary Imagination. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1975.

Hyman, Roger. Introduction to Aught From Naught: A.M. Klein’s The Second Scroll. Victoria: ELS, 1999.

Neuman, Shirley, ed. Another Country. Edmonton: NeWest Press, 1985.

Rosenfeld, Alvin H. A Double Dying. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1980.

Roskies, David. Against the Apocalypse. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1984.

Philippe Sands, East West Street: On the Origins of “Genocide” and “Crimes Against Humanity.” New York, Vintage, 2017


Method of Assessment:

Suggested Evaluation:

Class presentations (1 x 20):                                                       20%                                                    

Participation                                                                                 20%

Essay one (4-6 pages B due week of Oct. 8)                               25%

Essay two (6-8 pages B due week of Nov. 12)                            35%


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Statement on Late Essays

Extensions to essay deadlines will be granted in exceptional circumstances and only after consultation with the course instructor.


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.


Topics and Readings:

Course Outline:

Week one:                               Introduction: historical overview; aesthetic and ethical issues.

Weeks two and three:             “The Homecoming”

Weeks four and five:               Why Should I Have All the Grief

Week six:                                The Pegnitz Junction

Weeks seven and eight:         Fugitive Pieces

Weeks nine and ten:              “East of Berlin”

Weeks eleven and twelve:      The Ghost Keeper

Week thirteen:                          Summary


Other Course Information:

Class Presentations: Each student is expected to do one class presentation, and to hand in his or her notes for that presentation. The notes may be in point form and should be about two typed pages in length.  The presentations may be formal or informal, no more than twenty minutes in length, and should make an attempt to involve the seminar in questioning the text. Biographies of authors are not desirable. Close attention should be paid to the specifics of the text, or to the way the text relates to other materials on the course. Presentations may be used as the basis for essays. Sign-up sheets for presentations will be posted on my office door by the end of the first week of classes. Students have found it helpful in the past to consult other students who are presenting on the same topic and to share the highlights of their presentations with the other students in the seminar a few days in advance of the class.

Statement on Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty consists of misrepresentation by deception or by other fraudulent means and can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads:  “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty.  For information on the various kinds of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, specifically Appendix 3, located at http://www.mcmaster.ca/senate/academic/ac_integrity.htm 

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

 

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Students will be expected to complete a course evaluation at the end of the last lecture.