German 1. Introductory German. Taught at 10 by Michael McGillen. Classes will also be held during the x-hour on Thursdays at 12. Introduction to written and spoken German. Intensive study of basic grammar and vocabulary through readings, oral and written drills, composition exercises, conversation, and practice in the virtual laboratory. The textbook is the 6th edition of Deutsch: Na klar!, by Di Donato et al.Here is a copy of the syllabus.
German 2. Introductory German. Taught at 9S by Bruce Duncan and at 10 by Petra McGillen. The 10 o'clock section will also use the x-hour on Thursday at 12. Continued intensive study of basic grammar and vocabulary through readings, oral and written drills, composition exercises, conversation, and practice in the virtual laboratory. The textbook is the 6th edition of Deutsch: Na klar!, by Di Donato et al.Here is a copy of the syllabus.
German 7. First Year Seminar. Taught by Petra McGillen. See Special Listings.
German 10. German Culture and Society before 1900. Taught at 9L by Yuliya Komska. Germany and the East. The Orient had already intrigued the earliest German authors known to us, but during the Enlightenment the fascination with these exotic lands, experienced through travel or in the imagination, finds its counterpart in Germany's growing investments in Eastern Europe. Reading works by Gellert, Lessing, Goethe, Herder, and Stifter, among others, we will explore 18th- and 19th-century facets of this cultural parallelism and consider their political ramifications. Conducted in German. Open to all classes. Dist: LIT. WCult: W.
German 45. German Literature and Thought (in English Translation). Taught 2 by Irene Kacandes. This offering's topic is "World War, Genocide, and Firebombing: The Burden of the Nazi Past" (Identical to Comp. Lit. 64). The course will examine the main events connected with the Second World War, the genocide of European Jewry and Roma-Sinti, and the Allied attacks on the German civilian population. Its focus will be the different stages of coming to grips with that past on the part of the German population during these events, directly after, and in the decades since. As a result, it will take up a number of controversies, including those surrounding the Nuremberg and Frankfurt trials, the Eichmann trial, the construction of the Berlin Jewish Museum, the campaign to build a Holocaust memorial in Berlin, Neonazism, and the current campaign to remember German civilian casualties. Its approach will be interdisciplinary, utilizing history, journalism, music, literature, art, photography, and architecture. Its central question will be the formation of postwar German identity through the dialectic of suppressing and embracing past atrocities committed by and against the population. Open to all classes. Conducted in English. Here is a copy of the syllabus.
German 65. Topics in Cultural Studies. Taught at 10A by Veronika Fuechtner. German Humor (not an oxymoron). This seminar focuses on comedy and humor in 20th and 21st Century German culture. We will analyze texts, artwork, films and songs ranging from the early 20th Century literary tradition (Thomas Mann, Kurt Tucholsky) to contemporary visual humor (Dani Levy, Anke Engelke). The topics for discussion will include political satire on war, nationalism, and reunification, Hitler comedies, immigrant comedies, humor about sex and gender, and satires on what it means to be German. This seminar provides an introduction to German Studies scholarship and research methods through readings in theories of humor and through the analysis of the historical and theoretical context of the class material. Conducted in German. Open to all classes. Dist: LIT; WCult: W. This course also counts as the culminating experience for seniors majoring in German, who will meet as a group five times over the term during the x-hour. Conducted in German. Open to all classes. Dist: LIT. WCult.
German 85. Independent study project. Before the beginning of the term, and after consulting with a faculty member, students submit a proposal to the department.
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