This is the second half of a yearlong course for students who are beginning the study of German or who have had only minimal exposure to the language. As in the first semester, the work includes practice of the German language in all four modalities--reading, writing, speaking and listening--in class, in scheduled review sessions with an apprentice teacher, and using an online workbook. There will be more advanced practice in the use of the spoken and written language. We will develop reading skills through a variety of fictional and cultural texts, including a short book we will read in its entirety. The class meets four and one-half hours per week with the professor, and an additional three hours per week with an apprentice teacher. Prerequisite: GERM 111Y, placement or permission of instructor. Offered every spring semester.
This second-semester middle-level course is designed to develop German reading, writing and speaking skills beyond GERM 111Y-112Y. See course description for GERM 213Y. Studying the novel Der Richter und sein Henker by Swiss author Friedrich Dürrenmatt will be a special component of GERM 214Y. Offered every spring semester.
This course provides an overview of various movements in German, Swiss, and Austrian literature and film of the 20th and 21st centuries on the basis of representative textual and cinematic examples. Students will gain a greater understanding of German literary history and of related social and philosophical trends. Other central goals include practice in the close reading of texts and films and acquiring a basic German vocabulary in order to do so. We will read samples from various genres--drama, prose and lyric poetry. Authors to be studied may include Arthur Schnitzler, Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, Anna Seghers, Bertolt Brecht, Heinrich Boll, Ingeborg Bachmann, Barbara Honigmann, Uwe Timm, and Judith Hermann. We also will watch films such as The Blue Angel (1930, von Sternberg), The Murderers are Among Us (Staudte, 1946), Berlin: Schonhauser Corner (Klein 1957), and Aguirre: The Wrath of God (Herzog, 1972). Prerequisite: GERM 213Y-214Y or equivalent. GERM 321 recommended.
Nietzsche and Kafka stand out as two of the most important prose stylists of the German language. At the same time, the period between the beginning of Nietzsche's productive career around 1870 and Kafka's death in 1924 is one of fundamental historical change: it starts with the rise of the German nation state and ends after the downfall of both the German and the Austro-Hungarian monarchies. Not surprisingly, the literature of this era in the German language is marked by similar radical transformations. We will attempt to trace these changes by beginning with a discussion of Nietzsche's Also sprach Zarathustra (1883-85) and concluding with Kafka's fragmentary novel Der Process. From the perspective of the changing role of literature in response to societal and historical realities, or as a depiction of states of human consciousness, we will investigate a number of additional works: for example, Hugo von Hofmannsthal's Ein Brief, Gerhart Hauptmann's Bahnwarter Thiel, Lou Andreas-Salome's Fenitschka and Arthur Schnitzler's Leutnant Gustl, as well as poetry by Rilke, Trakl and Benn. All readings and discussion are in German. Prerequisite: GERM 325 or equivalent. Permission of instructor possible for students who have completed GERM 321. This course will be offered every two or three years.