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.
This course looks at the themes of love, madness, and creativity, and their interconnections by considering them through the lens of short prose genres in German, Swiss, and Austrian literature. Madness or problems of identity and perception are as often connected to love in the novellas of Sturm und Drang, Romanticism, and Realism in Germany and Austria, as they are associated with creative genius or the figure of the artist. Our readings will allow for the discussion of socio-historic, as well as aesthetic questions. As the social status of the artist changes, does this have an impact on literary perspectives on the connection between madness and creativity? The texts we are reading represent a variety of genres (Novelle, novel, short story, film), and we will analyze the texts in the context of literary genres. Additional short texts from the realms of visual art, philosophy, political science, history and architecture will introduce us to the ways in which the themes in these literary texts conflate and contrast with other discourses produced by the authors’ contemporaries. Most of the readings, and all of the writing and discussion are in German. Class will be run as a seminar. The instructor will give occasional brief lectures to provide historical context and background knowledge for the readings, and students will give brief author presentations. Prerequisite: GERM 325 or permission of instructor.