Literature of Destruction

Subject JEWI40001 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2012.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 10 hours per week.


Admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth-year combined honours in Jewish studies for fourth year.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject involves the advanced study of Jewish literary texts, classical, medieval and modern, with special concern for the theme of destruction and literary representations of and responses to catastrophe. Attention is also given to major topics in the critical tradition of reading Jewish texts. Contemporary Holocaust literature forms a substantial component of the subject, including the work of writers such as Primo Levy, Elie Wiesel and David Grossman.

  • have acquired a deeper and more extensive understanding of the character of Jewish literature through the ages
  • have developed critical skills in its analysis and interpretation.

A written essay of 5000 words 65% (due mid-semester) and a 20-minute oral presentation 35% (due mid-late semester).

Hurdle Requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to pass this subject. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 2% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • have improved their written communication through essay and class paper presentation.
  • be able to communicate ideas through class discussion and paper presentation.
  • develop research skills and open up to various cultural avenues.
  • be able to improve their time management skills through organising workloads and preparation in order to submit assessments in a timely fashion.
  • develop their research skills.

Formerly available as 109-019 or 109-453. Students who have completed 109-019 or 109-453 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies

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