German 42. Topics in German Studies in Translation. Taught at 2A by Michael McGillen. Modernism and the Avant-Garde: Frankfurt School Cultural Theory. Writers of the Frankfurt School (Kracauer, Benjamin, Adorno, Horkheimer) have shaped our understanding of the impact of early 20th-century "modernism" in literature and the arts. Examining their cultural theory alongside avant-garde literature, art, film, and photography, the course will address the Frankfurt School's understanding of mass culture in urban modernity; its insights into the nature of perception under the conditions of new technological media; and its reflections on the relationship between art and politics. Conducted in English. Open to all classes. Dist: SOC. WCULT: W.
Continental Strangers (FS42/GER43/CoLt 62) "Continental Strangers." Taught at 3A by Gerd Gemünden. During the 1930s and 1940s, hundreds of German-speaking writers and film professionals lived and worked in Hollywood. While some were emigres who came to better their lot and further their professional careers, the majority of them were Jewish refugees who escaped the threat of the Nazi death camps. Along the historical axis, we will focus on the continuities and ruptures between Weimar cinema and Hollywood. Thus we will study how the exiles' sense of (Jewish) identity in the United States was shaped not only by the experience of displacement and the fight against fascism, but also by the political climate of wartime United States and the film industry's war efforts. Along the theoretical axis, we need to question such terms as national cinema and cultural identity. Here recent discussions of postcolonial theory, exile and diaspora, hybridity, and cultural mimicry will be examined. Along the political axis, we will investigate how these films intervene in public debates, and how they reframe political issues in terms of narrative and images. This will also involve a comparative study of the culture industries of wartime Hollywood and Nazi Germany. (ART/CI)
German 85.Independent study project. Before the end of the previous term, and after consulting with a faculty member, students submit a proposal to the department.
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