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German Studies
6084 Dartmouth Hall, Room 333
Hanover, New Hampshire
Telephone: (603) 646-2408
Fax: (603) 646-1474
Chair: Ellis Shookman
Administrator: Wadeane Kunz

Summer 2015

Language Study Abroad (LSA): see Programs in Berlin (German 3, 5, 6). Directed by Veronika Fuechtner.


German 10.0. Intermediate German Language and Culture: Contemporary Germany. Taught at 12 by Ellis Shookman. This course develops facility in oral expression and writing, with emphasis on the expansion of vocabulary and the reinforcement of grammatical structures. It draws much of its audio, visual, and print material from the website of the Deutsche Welle, and it treats current events and other topics of interest in contemporary German society. Conducted in German. Open to all classes. Prerequisite: German 3 or equivalent.

Faust and the Erdgeist

German 44. Topics in German Civilization (in English Translation). Taught at 10A by Ellis Shookman.

In 15X, The Faust Tradition. Faust's famous story of selling one's soul to the devil in return for wealth, power, knowledge, love, freedom, or youth has been told in many ways and diverse media. This course concentrates on the life and times of the actual Johann Faustus and their first literary treatment, The Damnable Life and Deserved Death of Dr. John Faust; on two dramatic classics, Christopher Marlowe's The Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus and Johann Wolfgang Goethe's Faust; and on two twentieth-century novels, Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita and Thomas Mann's Doctor Faustus. Representations of Faust in the visual arts, music, film, and other national literatures will also be regarded. In comparative breadth as well as critical depth, the course thus surveys the enduring fascination with Faust (and his sidekick Mephistopheles) from the Renaissance and the Reformation, through both the Enlightenment and Romanticism, and down to the present day. Conducted in English. Open to all classes. By special arrangement, this course can also be used to count toward a German Studies major or minor.

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