Location: Bowdoin / German / Courses / Fall 2011

German

Fall 2011

101. Elementary German I
Steven Cerf M 8:30 - 9:25, W 8:30 - 9:25, F 8:30 - 9:25
German 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. Three hours per week. Acquisition of four skills: speaking and understanding, reading, and writing. One hour of conversation and practice with teaching assistant. Integrated language laboratory work.

101. Elementary German I
Steven Cerf M 1:30 - 2:25, W 1:30 - 2:25, F 1:30 - 2:25
German 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. Three hours per week. Acquisition of four skills: speaking and understanding, reading, and writing. One hour of conversation and practice with teaching assistant. Integrated language laboratory work.

151. The Literary Imagination and the Holocaust
Steven Cerf M 10:30 - 11:25, W 10:30 - 11:25, F 10:30 - 11:25
An examination of the literary treatment of the Holocaust, a period between 1933 and 1945, during which eleven million innocent people were systematically murdered by the Nazis. Four different literary genres are examined: the diary and memoir, drama, poetry, and the novel. Three basic sets of questions are raised by the course: How could such slaughter take place in the twentieth century? To what extent is literature capable of evoking this period and what different aspects of the Holocaust are stressed by the different genres? What can our study of the Holocaust teach us with regard to contemporary issues surrounding totalitarianism and racism? No knowledge of German is required.

203. Intermediate German I: Germany within Europe
Andrew Erwin M 8:30 - 9:25, W 8:30 - 9:25, F 8:30 - 9:25
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 laboratory also available. Equivalent of German 102 is required.

203. Intermediate German I: Germany within Europe
Andrew Erwin M 1:30 - 2:25, W 1:30 - 2:25, F 1:30 - 2:25
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 laboratory also available. Equivalent of German 102 is required.

205. Advanced German Texts and Contexts
Jill Smith T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25
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 204 is required.

313. German Classicism: Love and Passion
Andrew Erwin M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55
Focus on the mid to late eighteenth century as an age of contradictory impulses (e.g., the youthful revolt of Storm and Stress against the Age of Reason). Examines manifestations of such impulses—e.g., ghosts, love, and other transgressions—in the works of major (e.g., Goethe, Schiller) and less well-known (e.g., Karsch, Forster) authors. Beginning with discussions of transparency, examines the ghostly and spiritual moments of “Faustian bargains” (Goethe’s Urfaust), transgressive desires in poetry, travel texts, and love letters as well as in secret societies (Mozart’s Zauberflöte), and concludes with emergent, phantasmatic technologies (Schiller’s Geisterseher) and manifestations of the irrational in nature’s chaos (Kleist’s Das Erdbeben in Chili). Investigation of texts in their broader cultural context with appropriate theory and illustrated through film and drama on video, statistical data, developments in eighteenth-century dance, music, and legal discourse.

317. German Literature and Culture since 1945
Jill Smith T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25
An exploration of the participation of literature and film in social critique in the two Germanys from the immediate postwar period through reunification. After addressing Vergangenheitsbewältigung and the question of artistic production in the political context of the 1960s’ Protestbewegungen, examines the relationship between social critique and political history in the FRG and GDR, respectively, as well as literature and cinema in the aftermath of reunification. Writers to be studied include Koeppen, Frisch, Grass, Kluge, Müller, Bachmann, Wolf, Weiss, Özdamar, and others. Screenings of films by Kluge, Fassbinder, and Akin, among others.