Fall 2017

GER 503 Intermediate German for Academic Reading
The course is designed to promote functional comprehension of academic texts in German by combining targeted reading practice, high-frequency vocabulary learning, grammar review, and speaking/pronunciation activities. Texts used for practice will be drawn from students’ fields of study. Conducted in English, with a limited but critical portion of class conducted in German, to develop an internal sense of how the language works. Assessment will be based on students’ proficiency in reading/comprehending/summarizing academic texts of increasing length and complexity over the course of the semester.
Staff, 11:00 am – 12:20 pm Tu & Th

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.
J. Rankin, 7:00 pm–9:50 pm, Wednesday

GER 512 German Literature in the 18th Century: Patronage und deutsche Literatur im 18. Jahundert
An exploration of the importance of socio-historical structures in the production and circulation of literature: combines theoretical texts on collaborative writing, cultural techniques, and epistolary culture with close readings of selected works from German literature. In this context, authors such as J.M.R. Lenz and Karl Philipp Moritz are particularly interesting: since their works have served as testimony to the autonomous revolt of the supposedly “bürgerlich” hero against exploitative patron-client-relationships, they hold great promise for a discussion of the intricate correlation between modern authorship and patronage.
N. Ghanbari, 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm, Monday

GER 517/SLA 522/COM 519/MOD 516 Modernism and Modernity: The Avant-Garde and the Pastoral Drive
“Good proletarian art is usually Covert Pastoral,” wrote the critic William Empson in 1935. This seminar examines the rebirth of pastoral in the avant-garde literature, film and photography of Germany and Soviet Union, exploring topics such as: the revolutionary intelligentsia and the countryside; the return of Naturalism and landscape genres; poetic archaism and narodnost’; modernization and the agricultural mode of production. The seminar concludes with contemporary reflections on the pastoral project, including its relationship to the politics of ecologism and to the geological turn in media theory.
D. Fore, 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm, Tuesday

GER 519 German Literature after 1945: The Politics of Narration: The Post War Novel
This seminar will examine a series of narratological and political issues in German-language novels from the period 1959-1977. This period, which begins with the first serious novelistic attempts to confront the legacy of fascism and ends with the “German autumn,” produced a series of novel notable for their narrative innovation and their political engagement. The seminar will combine readings of the novels with an introduction to narratological theory.
M. Jennings, 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm, Wednesday

HUM584/GER584 Freud and His Readers
The seminar will explore a wide selection of texts by Sigmund Freud, especially those that seem to
illuminate the creative or poetic or fiction-making function of mind while reflecting on practices of
reading as vital to Freud’s own activities as both a psychoanalyst and a writer. A smaller selection of
texts by Sandor Ferenczi, Jean Laplanche, and Jacques Lacan will be addressed as commentary on
fundamental Freudian concepts, and as interpretations of Freud’s texts that themselves thematize reading. A few literary texts will be considered for their staging of problems related to Freud’s insights regarding sexuality and psychic life.
Peter P. Brooks and B. Doherty, 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm, Thursday

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