Spring 2013 Courses

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102. Elementary German II
Jill Smith M 9:30 - 10:25, W 9:30 - 10:25, F 9:30 - 10:25 Sills-107
Continuation of German 101. Equivalent of German 101 is required.

102. Elementary German II
Jill Smith M 1:30 - 2:25, W 1:30 - 2:25, F 1:30 - 2:25 Sills-107
Continuation of German 101. Equivalent of German 101 is required.

154. Sport in Twentieth-Century Central Euroopean Literature and Film
Edward Muston T 8:30 - 9:55, TH 8:30 - 9:55 Sills-117
An in-depth study of the intersection between sport and works of art. Uses literary texts and films to explore the way sport has shaped German, Austrian, and Swiss societies, while also considering the contemporary fascination with sport in an intercultural context. Will consider German sport clubs, body-culture (Körperkultur), the relationship between sport and fascism, and the role of sport in shaping and expressing national identity. By considering sport comparatively in other cultures, more general questions concerning what can be learned from sport, what values it instills, and how its thematization changes works of art will be raised. Course materials could include texts by Brecht, DeLillo, Handke, Harbach, James, and Kracauer, as well as films by Eastwood, Horman, Riefenstahl, and Stölzl. No knowledge of German is required.

204. Intermediate German II: German History through Visual Culture
Michael Huffmaster M 8:30 - 9:25, W 8:30 - 9:25, F 8:30 - 9:25 Sills-107
Continuation of German 203. Equivalent of German 203 is required.

204. Intermediate German II: German History through Visual Culture
Michael Huffmaster M 1:30 - 2:25, W 1:30 - 2:25, F 1:30 - 2:25 Sills-207
Continuation of German 203. Equivalent of German 203 is required.

316. German Modernism—Urbanity, Interiority, Sexuality
Jill Smith M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55 Sills-107
Examines works of modern German literature, art, music, and film in their historical and social contexts. Analyzes the narrative modes used to deal with the interiority of modern protagonists and explores the particular urban settings in which works were conceived: Munich, Prague, Zurich, and Berlin. Familiarizes students with the intellectual history of the period by discussing the extent to which modernist writers were influenced by Nietzschean and Freudian thought and the questions of morality, sexuality, and pleasure raised by both of these thinkers. Asks why modernism is (or is perceived to be) rooted in urban settings, and how modernism became politicized during the Weimar Republic, as writers witnessed and sought to respond to the rise of Fascism. Contemporary artistic movements such as Expressionism, Dadaism, and Neue Sachlichkeit; literary texts by Brecht, Wedekind, Kafka, Mann, Rilke, Lasker-Schüler, and Kästner; musical works by Berg, Schoenberg, and Weill; and relevant films of the period.

394. Contemporary Austrian Literature, Drama, and Film
Edward Muston T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25 Sills-107
Examines essential works of post-1945 Austrian literature, drama and film. Explores how Austrian artists attempt to come to terms with the collapse of the Habsburg Empire and the legacy of collaboration with the Nazi regime. Also considers how works of art both support and call into question Austria’s cultural and national identity in terms of gender and ethnicity. Texts by Bachmann, Bernhard, Handke, Jelinek, and Mayröcker, films by Glawogger, Haneke, Kusturica, and Spielmann. All materials and course work in German.