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 the instructor. Offered every spring semester.
In a special journal issue on emerging German writers, Frank Finley and Stuart Taberner write: "What is most immediately striking about the German literary market since unification, and in particular since the mid-1990s, is its sheer diversity." In this course, we will read and interpret exemplary works from the wealth of texts that form this new literature. Among the authors are emerging writers, as well as well-established writers such as Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass. Our focus for discussion will shift a number of times during the semester. We will explore issues of German history and German identity with respect to Grass's novel Im Krebsgang and Thomas Brussig's satirical alternative "history" of the fall of the Wall, Helden wie wir. More aesthetic and philosophical problems, such as intertextuality and memory, will guide our discussion of W.G. Sebald's Schwindel. Gefühle. Sebald's book is related to Judith Hermann's Nichts als Gespenster through the theme of the travelogue. Likewise, we will discuss the poetics and narrative strategies of Hermann's stories. We will investigate questions of popular literature, and generational issues ("Generation Golf") by looking at Christian Kracht's Faserland (which--like the Hermann and Sebald texts--can be read as a travelogue) and Benjamin von Stuckrad-Barre's Solo-Album. The novels Helden wie wir and Solo-Album will also be discussed in the context of their respective motion picture versions. The format of the course will be seminar-type discussion complemented by occasional presentations by students and the instructor. All readings and discussion are in German. Prerequisite: GERM 325 or equivalent. Permission of instructor possible for students who have completed GERM 321. Normally offered every two to three years.
This course is designed as an introduction to the study of German literature written since 1900. It will provide an overview of various movements in German, Swiss, and Austrian literature and film of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries 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--drama, prose, and lyric poetry. Authors to be studied may include Arthur Schnitzler, Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, Anna Seghers, Bertolt Brecht, Heinrich Böll, Ingeborg Bachmann, Barbara Honigmann, Uwe Timm, and Judith Hermann. We will also watch films such as The Blue Angel (1930, von Sternberg), The Murderers are Among Us (Staudte, 1946), Berlin: Schönhauser Corner (Klein 1957), and Aguirre: The Wrath of God (Herzog, 1972). Gaining a basic German vocabulary in order to engage in the criticism of German literature and film, and interacting with works of secondary literature, will also be important components of this course. Prerequisite: GERM 213Y-214Y or equivalent.