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 or 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 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 Böll, 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: Schönhauser Corner (Klein 1957), and Aguirre: The Wrath of God (Herzog, 1972). GERM 321 recommended. Prerequisite: GERM 213Y-214Y or equivalent.
At the turn of the 20th century, Vienna was home to figures as diverse as Sigmund Freud, Gustav Klimt, Gustav Mahler, Leon Trotsky, Adolf Hitler and Bertha von Suttner, the first women to be solely awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. How do we explain the extraordinary cultural energy of the capital of the far-flung Austro-Hungarian Empire, which was itself on the verge of disintegration? The course will first examine some of the tensions that characterized “fin-de-siècle” Vienna. These included a new urban modernism that confronted historicist architectural trends; the rise of mass politics and the disintegration of political liberalism; and the power of the Habsburg monarchy in Vienna vis-à-vis nationalist movements at the periphery of the empire. Against this historical backdrop, Vienna 1900 became home to a variety of modernist movements. We will explore significant figures in literature (Schnitzler, Hofmannsthal, Musil), music (Mahler, R. Strauss, Schanberg) and the visual arts (Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka, Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos). We will investigate the psychoanalysis of Freud and the important role of the coffee house in cultural exchange. We will ask ourselves, Where are women in all of this? Finally, we will examine the specific role of Jews played in this cultural flowering, tracing the emergence of modern Zionism (Theodor Herzl) in a context of growing antisemitism. This seminars readings and discussions are in German. Students who have completed GERM 321 should contact the instructor for permission. This course counts as an upper-level literature/culture course for all three tracks of the German major and fulfills the post-1900 requirement for the literature track. Students who have completed GERM 321 should contact the instructor of the course. Prerequisite: GERM 325 or above. Normally offered every three years.