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FR252 - Representations of the Holocaust

  • Module code: FR252
  • Module name: Representations of the Holocaust
  • Department: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

In this module, we read French-language accounts, both first-hand and imaginative, of events connected to the Holocaust, including some occurring in Paris itself. Writers such as Elie Wiesel, Patrick Modiano and Yannick Haenel reflect the problems of memory and representation in a range of remarkable texts which span more than fifty years and use techniques of both testimony and fiction to convey some of the realities and continuing effects of the Holocaust. Their works will be complemented and contrasted with the diary of Hélène Berr, a gifted young woman who chronicled the worsening situation and did not survive the genocide.

Principal learning outcomes


Timetabled teaching activities

One lecture and one seminar per week.

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Other essential notes

running 2011-12

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: FR252-15)
A (Assessed work only) 4000-4500 word essay 100%
C (Assessed/examined work) 2000-2500 word essay 50%
  1 hour examination (Summer) 50%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and French (M163) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and French (M163) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate French with Sociology (R1L3) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate French Studies with Portuguese (R1R5) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Italian and European Literature (RQ32) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History of Art and French (V3R1) - Year 2