Ethics and Aesthetics in Holocaust Literature and Film

February 17, 2011
Cynthia Ozick, in her article "The Rights of History and the Rights of Imagination," raises the issue of ethical considerations and moral responsibility when writing about the Holocaust. Ozick asserts that "what is permissible to the playfully ingenious author of Robinson Crusoe - fiction masking as chronicle - is not permitted to those who touch on the destruction of six million souls, and on the extirpation of their millennial civilization in Europe." This webinar will focus on the tension that exists between ethics and aesthetics when analyzing Holocaust literature and film.
Keren Goldfrad, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer in the English as a Foreign Language Department at Bar- Ilan University. She also teaches Holocaust literature and computer assisted language learning at Orot Israel College. Keren is co-editor of The Call of Memory: Learning about the Holocaust through Narrative: An Anthology (2008) and The Call of Memory: Learning about the Holocaust through Narrative: A Teachers' Guide (2008).
What exactly is an online encounter?

The online encounter environment (WEBINAR) enables presentations, sites, programs and video movies to be presented in parallel to an interactive discussion with the audience by means of vocal and written communication and the use of signs for expressing emotion. Each participant has his own communication channel and can request and receive permission to speak and voice his opinions. The big advantage of online encounters lies in the fact that there is no need to go to the place where the event is being held since it is possible to participate in the activities at home. Most of the online encounters take place at times that are convenient for the participants.

Updated: Nov. 30, 2010