Why study German?
In our changing global environment, communication is the key to understanding other peoples and cultures. After your first year of German at Carleton, you will have the oral proficiency to live and study in a German-speaking country. Our programs in Berlin, and Vienna, offer choices in location. See our Photo Album page for a quick tour of the programs. They give you the chance to apply what you learned in your German class in a European environment. Since the fall of the Wall and the establishment of the European Union as an economic and political power, the question of German identity has again come to the forefront. Its philosophical and literary foundations are crucial to an understanding of the country. You will gain the skills to read important writers and thinkers in the original German: Goethe, Schiller, Kafka, Rilke, Mann, Freud, Brecht, Christa Wolf, Ingeborg Bachmann. For more information for courses in translation and First-Year Students as well as on the Language Requirement at Carleton you are invited to talk to the German language faculty.
Special Seminars for First-Year Students (in translation):
Recent offerings include: Science, Authority and Conscience in Modern German Literature; The German Fairy Tale; Searching for the Self.
Literature and Culture Courses in German:
Memory and Representation of the Holocaust; Dream and Reality: Vienna, 1900/2000; The Age of Goethe; Topics in German Drama; Post World-War II Austria in the Works of Ingeborg Bachmann; Young Adult Literature; Rebels, Revolutionaries and Misfits (German literary figures from the 19th and 20th century); Rilke and His Circles; Realism and the Rise of Modernism; Romantic Visions of the World.
Literature and Culture Courses in Translation:
Studies in German Cinema; European film; From Gutenberg to Gates: History and Practice of the Book; Contemporary Women Writers in the German-Speaking Countries; Damsels, Dwarfs and Dragons: Medieval German Literature; Cultures in Conflict: The Reception of Shakespeare in Germany. Courses in World Literature offered in translation Fall Term: German 100: Views of Reality; LCST 100: Alien.
Professor Laura Goering: Chair of German & Russian
One North College Street
Northfield, MN 55057
Tel. (507) 222-4125