Courses (catalog)

  • GERM 100: Views of Reality: Understanding Literary Works of the Past

    Views of reality constantly change over time and find their expression in art and literature. This course will focus on European views of reality in the eighteenth century, a century of contentment as well as revolution. Works by such authors as Goethe, Voltaire, Schiller and Pope will be studied within their historical and social context. Readings and discussion in English.

    6 credit; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2013 · R. Paas
  • GERM 101: Elementary German

    This course stresses a firm understanding of the basic structural patterns of the German language through reading, writing, speaking, and listening drills. For students with no previous knowledge of German or for those whose test scores indicate that this is the appropriate level of placement.

    6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2013 · L. Butt, R. Paas
  • GERM 102: Elementary German

    Further study of the basic structural patterns of the German language.

    Prerequisites: German 101 or appropriate placement score. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2014 · L. Butt, R. Paas
  • GERM 103: Intermediate German

    Completion of the study of basic structural patterns of the German language, and the reading and discussion of a longer literary work. Prerequisites: German 102 or appropriate placement score. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2014 · L. Butt, R. Paas
  • GERM 204: Intermediate German

    Critical reading and discussion of selected German plays, short stories and/or films.

    Prerequisites: German 103 or appropriate placement score. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2013 · A. Ulmer
  • GERM 205: Berlin Program: Intermediate Composition and Conversation

    This course, taught by a native speaker, will focus on students' reading, writing, and speaking abilities. The class format will feature mainly discussions with grammar exercises interspersed as needed. Students will write frequent papers and correct these papers themselves.

    6 credit; Does not fulfill a distribution requirement, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2013 · S. Leonhard
  • GERM 206: Composition and Conversation

    Short texts, films, video clips and other cultural materials serve as the basis for discussions of contemporary German and Austrian culture.

    Prerequisites: German 204 or the equivalent. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2013–2014
  • GERM 207: Young Adult Literature

    The best current German-language literature for teen-aged readers treats serious topics with wit and sensitivity. These texts, many of which have won prizes, are linguistically accessible and written with flair. Readings and class discussions will be in German.

    Prerequisites: German 204 or the equivalent. 6 credit; Arts and Literature, Literary/Artistic Analysis; not offered 2013–2014
  • GERM 208: German in Cultural Contexts

    In this course students continue to develop skills of narration, listening comprehension, and writing, while exploring issues of German cultural life. The theme of this year's course is "From Household Tales to Hollywood: German Fairy Tales and Their Cinematic Adaptations." This course juxtaposes some of the Grimm Brothers' most influential, fascinating, and disturbing fairy tales with their popular transformations on the screen. We will discuss the roles of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm as authors and collectors of folk tales in the nineteenth century, and explore other European and Arabic influences on the German Märchen tradition. Prerequisites: German 204 or the equivalent. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Winter 2014 · L. Butt
  • GERM 209: Reading German

    This course is designed to help students make the transition to reading German texts of their own choosing in any academic discipline. May be retaken for additional credits.

    Prerequisites: German 204 or the equivalent 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a distribution requirement, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2013–2014 · R. Paas
  • GERM 210: Coffee and the News

    This course is intended as a refresher course for students who have completed the basic language sequence and/or taken part in the German program. Practice in writing and speaking German.

    Prerequisites: German 204 or the equivalent. 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a distribution requirement, International Studies, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2013 · R. Paas
  • GERM 211: "Good Bye Lenin!" German Post-War Culture, History and Politics through Film Discussion Group

    This optional discussion section for German 219 offers course participants proficient in German the opportunity to apply their background in foreign languages and cultures to the topic of German postwar film. Students will discuss and engage with original texts from various German media that complement the required course readings, such as German film reviews, print and TV interviews, literary sources or short films. We will also critique subtitles and analyze the use of idiomatic German in selected scenes. Prerequisites: German 204 or the equivalent. Co-requisite: German 219. 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2014 · L. Butt
  • GERM 219: "Good Bye Lenin!" German Post-War Culture, History and Politics through Film

    This course offers an introduction to German culture after 1945 through the lens of film. We will treat films over a broad range of topics, with a special emphasis on (1) the shifting angles from which filmmakers remember the Holocaust and World War II, (2) migration and multiculturalism, especially German-Turkish relations, and (3) reflections on the GDR past and on life in post-reunification Germany. The careful analysis of each film will be framed by a discussion of its socio-historical context, in order to reflect the unique manner in which cinema engages with historical, cultural and political debates. Taught in English. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2014 · L. Butt
  • GERM 230: From Gutenberg to Gates: The History and Practice of Printing

    Gutenberg's invention of printing with movable type has had a far-reaching impact on the political, social, and intellectual development in the Western World. A similarly profound revolution is taking place today with the use of computers. This course focuses on the major developments in printing since 1450 against the relevant historical and social background. In addition to lectures and discussions there is a weekly "lab," in which students will gain first-hand knowledge of such techniques as woodcutting, engraving, etching, lithography, bookbinding, and papermaking. In English translation.

    6 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts and Literature, Humanistic Inquiry; offered Spring 2014 · R. Paas
  • GERM 231: Damsels, Dwarfs, and Dragons: Medieval German Literature

    Around the year 1200 German poets wrote some of the most lasting works in the Western literary tradition. It was a time of courtly love and Arthurian romances, and themes vary widely from love and honor to revenge and murder. Special attention is given to the poetry of Walther von der Vogelweide and two major epics: The Nibelungenlied and Gottfried von Strassburg's Tristan and Isolde. In English translation.

    6 credit; Arts and Literature, Humanistic Inquiry; not offered 2013–2014
  • GERM 247: Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends

    From bedtime stories to Disney films to video games, narratives familiar to us as fairy tales, myths and legends are ever present. This course examines tales in multiple forms, including versions of oral tales, literary tales, feature and animated film, and popular culture manifestations. While the course has a special emphasis on the German tradition, we will also examine many stories (in all their forms) in traditions that have been in dialogue with European traditions, including the Arabian Nights, Disney films, and anime. In several cases we will also read contemporary literary rewritings of familiar tales. All readings and class discussion in English.

    6 credit; Arts and Literature, Humanistic Inquiry; not offered 2013–2014
  • GERM 250: Tense Affinities: A History of German Jewish Culture

    The tragedy of the Holocaust in the twentieth century often has overshadowed the long and lively history of German Jewish culture. This course will trace the historical developments of a diverse and complex German Jewish culture and the multiple ways in which it is intertwined with European and German mainstream culture from the Middle Ages to its revival in post-unification Germany. The readings include overviews of historical periods; the literary, political, and philosophical texts by major German Jewish authors; autobiographies; painting; graphic novels; and film.

    Prerequisites: German 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Humanities, Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; not offered 2013–2014
  • GERM 254: Berlin Program: Theater in Berlin

    This course will be structured around the theater productions of the fall season in Berlin. The class will read six to eight plays from different literary and historical periods, study their historical and literary context, and also see them performed in the theater.

    Prerequisites: German 204 or equivalent. 6 credit; Arts and Literature, Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2013 · S. Leonhard
  • GERM 261: Contemporary German Fiction

    In this course we will explore very contemporary writings in German from the last decade or two and analyze current trends in literature, society and politics. Readings will include novels, short stories, plays and graphic fiction. Conducted in German.

    Prerequisites: German 204. Recommended preparation: at least one course above German 204. 3 credit; Arts and Literature, Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2013–2014
  • GERM 275: Berlin Program: Projects in the Arts

    Students will choose a topic related to German culture/ politics on which they work throughout the term. The main objectives of the course are for students to speak and write in German, and to interact with native speakers and the culture at large. Possible topics are the museum culture, the significance of soccer in German society, the music scene in Berlin, a personal history project (interviews with Berliners), gay Berlin, and the role of Germany within Europe. Students will meet first as a group, then individually to discuss and improve on their work, before presenting it to the class.

    Prerequisites: German 103 or consent of instructor 4 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a distribution requirement, International Studies, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2013 · S. Leonhard
  • GERM 290: Berlin Program: Independent Reading

    2 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2013 · S. Leonhard
  • GERM 312: Rilke and His Circle

    Rainer Maria Rilke, perhaps the foremost poet of his century, lived among a variety of artists, thinkers, and writers. Among them are Rodin, Lou Andreas-Salome, and the Worpswede group of artists. We will follow the threads of Rilke's life and poetry, and see where they lead us. The course will center on Rilke's poetry and prose fiction, but will also include correspondence, and the works of some of Rilke's associates. Class discussions and primary readings will be in German (sometimes with English translations provided); some secondary readings may be in English.

    Prerequisites: German 204 or equivalent. 6 credit; Arts and Literature, Literary/Artistic Analysis; not offered 2013–2014
  • GERM 320: Mystery, Murder, Madness: Crime Stories in German Literature and Film

    Following a trajectory from Friedrich Schiller's crime report Der Verbrecher aus verlorener Ehre to films of the Weimar Republic such as Caligari and M, this course focuses on the rich German tradition of crime and detective stories. We will approach this genre as a literary and cinematic space where contested concepts of truth, justice, and morality emerge, and where changing notions of perception come to the fore. Conducted in German.

    Prerequisites: German 204 or the equivalent. 6 credit; Arts and Literature, Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2014 · L. Butt
  • GERM 345: Vienna: Dream and Reality

    The course will examine the beginnings of Modernism in Austrian culture, music, theater, art, architecture, and philosophy, focusing on literature within its wider context. Students will look at such thinkers and artists as Freud, Schnitzler, Hofmannsthal, Hermann Bahr, Karl Kraus, Robert Musil, Peter Altenberg, and Wittgenstein, as well as the great musicians, architects, and painters of the time. The group will survey the history and culture of the period between 1870 and 1930, with the primary focus on the period from around 1890-1920. Lectures and discussions will be in German.

    Prerequisites: German 204 or the equivalent 6 credit; Arts and Literature, Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2013–2014
  • GERM 351: The Age of Goethe

    The literary movements of Enlightenment, Storm and Stress, and Classicism as seen through selected works of Goethe, Schiller, Lessing and Herder.

    Prerequisites: German 204 or the equivalent. 6 credit; Arts and Literature, Literary/Artistic Analysis; not offered 2013–2014
  • GERM 354: Studies in Twentieth-Century Prose and Poetry

    An examination of the modern novella and lyric, including works by such authors as Kafka, Brecht, Hesse, Rilke, George, Hofmannsthal, Mann, Frisch, Wolf, Bäll, Frischmuth, Kaschnitz, and others, in their historical and cultural context.

    Prerequisites: German 204 or equivalent. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Winter 2014 · A. Ulmer
  • GERM 400: Integrative Exercise

    Examining an aspect of German literature across eras or genres.

    6 credit; S/NC; Does not fulfill a distribution requirement; offered Fall 2013, Winter 2014 · Staff