Courses for Spring 2018

GER 517/HUM 517/COM 512/MOD 501
Modernism and Modernity: Documentary and the Discourse of Reality

This course follows the documentary paradigm through its three major moments–its emergence among the interwar avant-gardes, its reanimation in the 1960s, and the contemporary documentary turn. With an eye toward the specific historical conditions, mediatic technologies, and aesthetic conventions that have determined the distinction between reality and its representation at each of these moments, this seminar considers: deskilling and the industrialization of writing; the contest between literature and photography; mass media and the temporality of news; changing conditions of authorship; documentation, the archive and forensic investigation.
D. Fore, 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm, Tuesday

GER 520/ COM 520
Topics in Literary and Cultural Theory: Erich Auerbach and the Origin of Existential Realism

This seminar takes seriously Auerbach’s statement that “existential realism” lies at the core of Mimesis, and look for that realism’s “origin” in the theo-philosophical apparatus of the book as well as in a selection of the texts about which he writes. Theories of Realism and existence are also explored. Students’ gain an overview of Auerbach reception to date and challenge some of the ways his work has been read as only concerned with a Eurocentric canon or as an expression of a post-colonial habitus. In final work for the course, students investigate the “existential realism” of a text, film, or image in their own field.
J. Newman, 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm, Thursday

GER 526
Topics in German Literature: Small Narrative Forms: Anecodote, and Story, Novella

Topics in German Literature: Small Narrative Forms: Anecdote, and Story, Novella
Since the late 18th century small narrative forms such as the novella, the anecdote and the case story have enjoyed increasing popularity among the readership and gained increasing importance for the field of narrative genres and the development of techniques of narration. What is at stake in the poetics of these forms and how can we describe their specific possibilities, functions and achievements? The seminar explores these questions in readings of texts ranging from the late 18th to the early 20th century.
Inka Mülder-Bach, 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm, Wednesday

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