German Courses

Fall 2016

Winter 2017

Spring 2017



50B    Great Works of German Literature in Translation: Romanticism to Present
Renata Fuchs
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Study and analysis of selected masterworks in English translation, including authors such as E.T.A. Hoffman, Heine, Fontance, Rilke, Kafka, Brecht, THomas Mann, Hesse, Grass, Böll, and Christa Wolf. May not be applied toward completion of major in German. P/NP or letter grading.

140     Language and Linguistics
Christopher Stevens
Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite or corequisite: course 6. Taught in English with German proficiency required. Theories and methods of linguistics, with emphasis on structure of modern standard German, its phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Other topics include diachronic, spatial, and social variation of German (i.e., its historical development, dialectology, and sociolinguistic dimensions).  Letter grading.

152     Conversation and Composition on Contemporary German Culture and Society I
Magdalena Tarnawska
Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 6. Taught in German. Structured around themes as they emerge in contemporary German texts ranging from news magazine articles to literature, with emphasis on speaking and writing proficiency. Presentation software featured. P/NP or letter grading.

201C   Proseminar: Theories and Methods in German Studies
Todd Presner
Introduction to various theoretical and methodological approaches to German Studies, including cultural history, conceptual history, hisotrical linguistics, transnational sutdies, gender/sexuality studies, and literary theory. Taught in English, with most readings in German.

232   Old High German
Chris Stevens
Discussion, three hours. Introduction to earliest phases of German literature, withe extensive readings in major documents of that period (750 to 1050). Emphasis on grammatical interpretation of these documents and identification of dialects used in their composition. S/U or letter grading.

495     Approaches to Foreign Language Pedagogy
Magdalena Tarnawska
Issues include development of current theories of second-language acquisition, effects of these theories on language teaching, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, assessment techniques, use of multimedia in foreign language pedagogy, and design of syllabi for basic foreign language courses.


Winter 2017      

59     Holocaust in Film and Literature
Todd Presner
Introduction to the representation of the Holocaust in works of film, literature, and history. Taught in English.

115     19th-Century Philosophy
John McCumber
German philosophy, which may generally be characterized as philosophy that takes active rather than passive substinence to be fundamental nature of all things, is one of Germany's greatest gifts to humanity. Exploration of first half of two-century history of German philosophy -- period from Kant to Nietzsche, including Hegel, Kierkegaard, and Marx. Taught in English.

116     20th-Century German Philosophy
John McCumber
German philosophy, which may generally be characterized as philosophy that takes active rather than passive subsistence to be fundamental nature of all things, is one of Germany's greatest gifts to humanity. Exploration of second half of two-century history of German philosophy -- period from Nietzsche through Habermas, including Heidegger, Gadamer, Jaspers, and Frankfurt School theorists.  Taught in English.

154    Romanticism
Magdalena Tarnawska
Seminar, three hours. Exploration of Romanticism in Scandinavian literature. Reading and discussion of different approaches to Romanticism and analysis of works of prominent Scandinavian writers from Romantic period to understand Scandinavian Romanticism in larger European context, including work from both English and German Romantic writers and artists. P/NP or letter grading.

157 Contemporary German Cinema: Advanced Conversation and Composition
Magdalena Tarnawska
Lecture, three hours. Taught in German. Development of advanced speaking skills and thorough grounding in essay writing in German by considering issues of style, structure, grammar, and vocabulary. Introduction to contemporary German cinema to expose students to slice of German (and European) culture and history, with focus on notion of boundary. Examination of different types of boundaries and borders (e.g., physical borders between countries; boundaries created by various political ideologies; socially created boundaries of class, race, and gender; boundary between memory and experience), ways in which people cross them, and their reasons for these transgressions. Analysis of movies to better understand various cinematic techniques. P/NP or letter grading.

170     Goethe und Weltliteratur
David D. Kim
Seminar, three hours. Taught in German. Reading and discussion of representative works (except "Faust") from Goethe's early period (Die Leiden des jungen Werther) through maturity and old age (West-östlicher Divan). Students will work with digital humanities methods to improve their German language competency and evaluate Goethe's global influence on Western intellectual history. Letter grading. German 152 or 153 prerequisite.

202A   Middle High German
James A. Schultz
Lecture, three hours. Introduction to Middle High German language, with particular emphasis on developing facility in reading. Study of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary combined with introduction to poetic forms and cultural context. Letter grading.

265     German Philosophy: Hannah Arendt
David D. Kim
Seminar, three hours. Taught in English. The aim of this graduate seminar is to examine Hannah Arendt's monumental work in political theory with an emphasis on the connection between forms of government and the precarious lives of others -- Jews, the stateless, pariahs. What she explains in reference to political action, the public sphere, amor mundi, moral judgment, individual or collective responsibility, violence, and literature is at the heart of humanistic and social scientific scholarship today, and in this course students will evaluate this intellectual foundation within a comparative and transnational context. Letter grading. 


Spring 2017      

56    Figures Who Changed the World: Cosmopolitanisms within a Global Context
David Kim
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Taught in English. Introduction to strains of German philosophy and political thought that focus on the concept of cosmopolitanism. Departing from the "great man" model of history, the course explores the different historical and philosophical engagements with cosmopolitan projects. P/NP or letter grading. 

112   Feminist Issues in German Literature and Culture
Maite Zubiaurre
Lecture, three hours. Taught in English. Analysis of major issues in German feminism today (e.g., status, creative work, and reception of women writers in various periods such as Romanticism, Fascism, and/or divided/unified Germanies). Letter grading.

158     German Cultural Studies
Renata Fuchs
Lecture, three hours. Taught in German. Introduction to the most important terms and resources of literary analysis to help students develop and improve skills in close and critical reading of literary texts, develop basic research techniques, acquire familiarity with basics of literary and cultural analysis, and find pleasure in pursuit of literary and cultral sutdy, Letter grading.

191C    Capstone Seminar
Magalena Tarnawska
Seminar, three hours. Limited to senior German majors. Collaborative discussion of and reflection on courses already taken for major, drawing out and synthesizing larger themes and culminating in paper or other final project. Must be taken in conjunction with one course numbered 140 or higher. Letter grading.

212      Contemporary Literature and Culture
Maite Zubiaurre
Lecture, three hours. Analysis of current cultural issues and their relation to literary production and interpretation. Topics may include areas such as feminism, postcolonialism, postmodernism, and contemporary theories of textuality. Letter grading.









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