Courses

Fall 2014

GER 506: Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy
Readings and discussion in classroom application of SLA theory. Focus on quantitative as well as interpretive analysis. Primary audience is the current teaching staff of GER 101, but others are welcome. In English. Rankin, 7:00 pm–10:00 pm Thursday

GER 508: Middle High German Literature: An Introduction
Introduction to Middle High German language and literature 1100-1300. Selections from Arthurian romance (Parzival, Tristan), epic (Nibelungenlied), lyric poetry (Minnesang), and mysticism (Meister Eckhart, Mechthild von Magdeburg). Additional readings on history and culture also examined. S. Poor, 10:00 am – 12:50 pm, Tuesday

GER 512: German Literature in the 18th Century: Weimar Classicism
Perhaps no moment of poetic and theoretical activity has figured so centrally in the formation of German literary history as Weimar Classicism. It was as much a meeting of the minds as a radical experimentation with forms and genres. Investigating the major contributions Goethe, Schiller and others, this course will consider the appropriations of a number of traditions (Greek, Roman, Italian, German folk). Themes of the seminar will include the classic and the beautiful as well as their subsequent canonization. Attention will be paid to distinctions among modes of communication including treatise, epistle, ballad, elegy, and drama. J. Lande, 1:30 – 4:20 pm, T

GER 525/MOD 525 Studies in German Film: Early German Cinema
This seminar in media history, theory and criticism will subject a rediscovered cache of rare silent films to a variety of critical interrogations, exploring the complex intermedial dynamics (relations to theater, variété, literature), establishment of key legitimation discourses (film criticism and theory, the Autorenfilm), development of new narrative forms (“birth” of the feature film the serial detective genre), work of ignored pioneers (the Brothers Skladanowsky, Oskar Messter), gender and clas dynamics is the transformation of the public sphere, and issues of technology, politics and the historicity of perception.
T. Levin, Seminar 8:30 pm – 11:20 pm, Wednesday, Film, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Wednesday

GER 526 Topics in German Literature: Literature and Journalism: On the History of a Creative Relationship
According to the obvious line of investigation there are clear cut demarcation lines: Journalism is a business while literature is art or journalism is writing short, factual articles about events while literature is all about creating fictitious events. Contrary to these simple truths stands the history of literature: journalism and literature share the same roots and this common ground could explain why so many literary authors have been engaged in journalistic enterprises. The seminar will start with Wieland’s Teutscher Merkur and end with Rainald Goetz and his Vanity Fair Blog: Abfall für alle. N. Wegmann, 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm, Monday

ART588/ GER 520 Topics in Literary and Cultural Theory: “Psychoanalytic Turns”
Seminar addresses turns to psychoanalytic in history and criticism of art and literature. In our reading of psychoanalytic theories (Freud, Ferenczi, Klein, Lacan) and critical writings that have followed them, paths and detours lead to questions of terminology, translation, perception, mediation, representation. Forays are made onto terrain of works of art and literature that might be understood as instances of psychoanalytic criticism and/or critiques of psychoanalysis. Need for critical reflection on meaningfulness of psychoanalytic theories for current scholarship in the humanities is a guiding concern of this course. B. Doherty, 10:00 am– 12:50 pm, M

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