For this week’s assignment, we will focus on the ways the readings set the terms for future consideration about creative expression in response to human rights violations.  Using the readings and the videos, let’s work together to synthesize some understanding about the struggles with language and meaning and the drive that compels survivors, in spite of their experience of the “unspeakable,” to tell the stories and to seek witnesses to help them move forward and make meaning. (

Respond to the readings as specifically and concretely as possible.  How did these readings represent the changed relationship between the individual and community or previously important cultural values? Think particularly about the changing nature of survivors’ relationship to their environments and their sense of community and belonging.  What has shifted in the aftermath and how do they reflect on these alterations?

Please note: although you may incorporate the video and background sources, you must focus primarily on the literary texts (Ginzburg, 4-6; Delbo, 91-92; Sachs, 139; and Yamada, 128.)  Close reading of literary texts involves choosing lines, images, or pieces of dialogue, or whole passages (not counted toward word length) and analyzing their significance.  These examples serve as evidence to support your understanding of the text’s meaning.


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