This is the second half of a year-long 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 aim to 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 is designed as a first introduction to the study of German literature. It will provide an overview of different periods in the history of German, Swiss, and Austrian literature on the basis of representative textual and cinematic examples. Another central goal is gaining practice in the close reading of texts. We will read samples from various genres--an Enlightenment drama, prose from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, a post-war novel, and lyric poetry from various epochs of German literature. Authors to be studied may include Walther von der Vogelweide, Lessing, Tieck, Frisch, Schnitzler, Kafka, Ingeborg Bachmann, and Judith Hermann. Gaining a basic German vocabulary in order to engage in the criticism of German literature, and interacting with works of secondary literature, will also be important components of this course. Prerequisite: GERM 213Y-214Y or equivalent. Offered every spring semester.