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First-Year Seminars

For a full description of first-year seminars, see the First-Year Seminar section.

1026 c. Memories, Secrets, and Lies: Autobiographical Texts from Rilke to Spiegelman. Fall 2014. Kathryn Sederberg.

[1027 {27} c. From Flowers of Evil to Pretty Woman: Prostitutes in Modern Western Culture. (Same as Gay and Lesbian Studies 1027 {27} and Gender and Women’s Studies 1027 {27}.)]

German Literature and Culture in English Translation

[1151 {151} c – ESD. The Literary Imagination and the Holocaust. (Same as Cinema Studies 1151 {151}.]

[1152 {152} c - IP, VPA. Berlin: Sin City, Divided City, City of the Future. (Same as Cinema Studies 1152 {152}.)]

1155 c - IP. Into the Wild Into the Wild: Untamed Nature in German-Speaking Culture. Spring 2015. Jens Klenner.

An examination of the mix of conflicting ideas that shape the many conceptions of “wilderness.” eExplores the ideas of wilderness as a space without or preceding culture and civilization, the wilderness as a mental state, and as an aesthetic experience. It also considers the place of wilderness in the ‘urban jungle’ of cities. Among others, this course will discuss the discovery of the Alps and interrogate the differing German, Austrian, and Swiss perspectives of that mountainous region, but also show how these European imaginations define American conceptions of mountains. The course puts German, Austrian, and Swiss theories and images of wilderness into dialogue with Anglo-American conceptions by comparing literary works, film, artworks, and philosophical texts. No knowledge of German is required. (Same as Environmental Studies 1155.)

Language and Culture Courses

1101 {101} c. Elementary German I. Every fall.Fall 2014. Jens Klenner.

German 1101 {101} is the first course in German language and culture and is open to all students without prerequisite. Facilitates an understanding of culture through language. Introduces German history and cultural topics.

Acquisition of four skills: speaking, understanding, reading, and writing. Three hours per week, plus one hour of conversation and practice with teaching assistant. Integrated Language Media Center work.

1102 {102} c. Elementary German II. Every spring. Spring 2015. Birgit Tautz.

Continuation of German 1101 {101}. Equivalent of German 1101 {101} is required.

2203 {203} c. Intermediate German I: Germany within Europe. Every fall. Fall 2014. Birgit Tautz.

Continued emphasis on the understanding of German culture through language. Focus on social and cultural topics through history, literature, politics, popular culture, and the arts. Three hours per week of reading, speaking, and writing. One hour of discussion and practice with teaching assistant. Language Media Center also available. Equivalent of German 1102 {102} is required.

2204 {204} c. Intermediate German II: German History through Visual Culture. Every spring. Spring 2015. Kathryn Sederberg.

Continuation of German 2203 {203}. Equivalent of German 2203 {203} is required.

2205 {205} c - IP. Advanced German Texts and Contexts. Every year. Fall 2014. Kathryn Sederberg.

Designed to explore aspects of German culture in depth, to deepen the understanding of culture through language, and to increase facility in speaking, writing, reading, and comprehension. Topics include post-war and/or post-unification themes in historical and cross-cultural contexts. Particular emphasis on post-1990 German youth culture and language. Includes fiction writing, film, music, and various news media. Weekly individual sessions with the teaching fellow from the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität-Mainz. Equivalent of German 2204 {204} is required.

[2262 c - IP. Not Lost in Translation: German across the Disciplines.]

2970–2973 {291–294} c. Intermediate Independent Study in German. The Department.

2999 {299} c. Intermediate Collaborative Study in German. The Department.

Literature and Culture Courses

All courses require the equivalent of German 2204 {204}.

3308 {308} c - IP. Introduction to German Literature and Culture. Spring 2016. The Department.

Designed to be an introduction to the critical reading of texts by genre (e.g., prose fiction and nonfiction, lyric poetry, drama, opera, film) in the context of German intellectual, political, and social history. Focuses on various themes and periods. Develops students’ sensitivity to generic structures and introduces terminology for describing and analyzing texts in historical and cross-cultural contexts. Weekly individual sessions with the teaching fellow from the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität-Mainz. All materials and coursework in German.

3310 c – IP. German Culture Studies: Made in Germany. Spring 2015. Jens Klenner.

An examination of the most influential “products” made in Germany. From technological developments to musical innovations, many things made in Germany have had an enduring, global impact. Explores the context in which these products were made or ideas were developed, the process of their worldwide dissemination, as well as the ways in which they shape the national and cultural imagination. Designed to be an introduction to methods of cultural analysis through an examination of diverse materials. Expands students’ knowledge of German culture, history, and language while also developing skills, including close reading, visual analysis, and contextualization. Weekly individual sessions with the teaching fellow from the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität-Mainz. All materials and coursework in German.

Prerequisite: German 2204 {204} or placement.

[3313 {313} c - IP. German Classicism.]

[3316 {316} c - IP. German Modernism—Urbanity, Interiority, Sexuality. ]

3317 {317} c - IP. German Literature and Culture since 1945. Fall 2014. Jens Klenner.

An exploration of how successive generations have expressed their relationship to the catastrophe of the Nazi past. Examines representative texts of East and West German writers/filmmakers in Cold War and post-unification contexts. A discussion of German identity from several critical perspectives, including Vergangenheitsbewältigung, the political and cultural influence of the United States and the Soviet Union, gender in the two Germanys, and the politics of migration and citizenship. Authors may include Grass, Böll, Borchert, Brussig, Özdamar, Schlink, and Wolf. Films by Fassbinder, von Trotta, Schlöndorff, Akin, and Levy. All materials and coursework in German.

Prerequisite: German 2204 {204} or placement.

[3362 c - IP. Not Lost in Translation: German Across the Disciplines.]

3390–3399 {390–399}. Seminar in Aspects of German Literature and Culture.

Work in a specific area of German culture not covered in other departmental courses, e.g., individual authors, movements, genres, cultural influences, and historical periods.

3390 c - IP. The Great War in German Culture and Society. Spring 2015. Kathryn Sederberg.

A study of the First World War and the Weimar period in German history and culture with a focus on artistic representations of this tumultuous era. Traces key movements in literature as well as visual art and film, with attention to the way artists responded to social, political, and cultural shifts in early twentieth-century Germany. Readings thematize issues of art and politics, nationalism and militarism, gender and sexuality, and practices of memorialization. Authors may include Remarque, Jünger, Benn, Lasker-Schüler, Trakl, Toller, Brecht, Döblin, Luxemburg, and Keun. All materials and coursework in German.

Prerequisite: German 2204 {204} or placement.

[3392 {392} c - IP. Das deutsche Lustspiel.]

[3394 {394} c. Contemporary Austrian Literature, Drama, and Film.]

3395 {395} c - IP. Myths, Modernity, Media. Fall 2014. Birgit Tautz.

Explores the important role that myths have played in German cultural history. While founding myths of Germanic culture (e.g., Nibelungen) are considered, focuses especially on myth in relation to fairy tales, legends (including urban legends of the twentieth century), and borderline genres and motifs (e.g., vampires, witches, automatons), as well as on questions of mythmaking. Examines why modern culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, which seemingly neglects or overcomes myths, heavily engages in mythicization of ideas (e.g., gender roles, the unnatural) and popularizes myths through modern media (film, television, the Internet), locations (e.g., cities) and transnational exchange (Disney; the myth of “the Orient”). Aside from short analytical or interpretive papers aimed at developing critical language skills, students may pursue a creative project (performance of a mythical character, design of a scholarly web page, writing of a modern fairy tale). All materials and coursework in German. Note: Fulfills the film theory and non-US cinema requirements for Cinema Studies minors. (Same as Film Studies 3395 {395}.)

Prerequisite: German 2204 {204} or placement.

[3397 {397} c - IP. Global Germany]

4000–4003 {401–404} c. Advanced Independent Study in German. The Department.

4029 {405} c. Advanced Collaborative Study in German. The Department.

4050–4051 c. Honors Project in German. The Department.

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