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Writings on the wall / by Paul Licata.

Publication | Library Call Number: D804.33 .L533 2005

The purpose of this study was to research and identify interpretive tools and Holocaust-related materials, and to construct with these materials a college-level multimedia-based introductory Holocaust text. The research focused on content and construction. The content included semiotics and Reader-response literary theories as the interpretive tools. Using an orientational methodological approach, this research focused on historical and artistic representations of the Holocaust and narrowed the focus of the research to three historical categories of Holocaust representation: (1) historical text, including the history of anti-Semitism, the history of the Jews, and a history of Adolf Hitler; (2) pre-Nazi and Nazi approved painting and Modern Holocaust-related painting; and (3) Holocaust-related film. This research focused on identifying materials that would illustrate and introduce the Holocaust through the use of semiotic and Reader-response literary theories as a coherent analytical approach to interpreting multimedia materials across traditional disciplines. Combining orientation and construction methodologies, this researcher determined to present the results of this research in the form of a college-level multimedia-based introductory Holocaust textbook. The research, therefore, additionally included an examination of the construction of similarly purposed texts. The findings indicated that such a text, with the above mentioned content-focus, would be both unique and timely and could serve to empower students or to enhance students' abilities to interpret other such works on their own. The conclusions also indicated such a text can also serve as a model upon which other historical events can be introduced, while at the same time increasing students' multimedia literacy by helping them to make sense of signs they encounter in their daily lives. Perhaps with such literacy skills, students can better identify such tragic developments as occurred in Bosnia, Croatia, Cambodia, Rwanda, and most recently in France in time to intervene.This Project Demonstrating Excellence (PDE) is divided into two sections: the contextual essay and the final product—the text. Accordingly, the works consulted lists are divided into the works consulted for the contextual essay and the works consulted for the each of the chapters that make up Writings on the Wall.

Licata, Paul.
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