Fall 2015

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. In English. Rankin, 7:30 pm–10:20 pm Thursday

GER 509/MED 509: Middle High German Literature II: Cross-Dressing and Courtship in Medieval
What can “gender trouble” in medieval romance narratives reveal about ideologies of gender? Examining a range of behavior from outright cross-dressing (Roman de Silence) to the adoption of one or more attributes normally attributed to the opposite sex (Orgeluse in Wolfram’s Parzival), we will also engage with feminist theories of cross-dressing and gendered subjectivity (Garber, Butler, Moi). Students will explore how fictional narratives of the past can be used to critique and historicize current theoretical models, and, alternatively, how theoretical approaches can foster more nuanced readings of medieval text and context.
Poor, 1:30 pm—4:20 pm Wednesday

GER 514 Topics in German Romanticism: The Politics of Romanticism
Romanticism – understood as a period of roughly two decades around 1800 – can be conceived of as a laboratory for testing political concepts, categories, and schemes. What communities are, how sociality is established and political systems formed, what it means to govern and to be governed, by which strategies and tactics political powers organize themselves – this all becomes the object of literary, programmatic, and theoretical experimentation whose significance reaches deep into the theory-building of the twentieth century. This seminar will deal with exemplary texts by Kleist, Schiller, Brentano, and Schleiermacher, among others.
Vogl, 7:00 pm – 9:50 pm, Tuesday

GER 519 German Literature after 1945: Calendricality: Political Temporality in the 1970’s
In the decade following the political upheavals of 1968, artists working in a number of media in Germany turned to calendrical forms as the primary structuring element of their work. After exploring the political temporalities of the 1960’s, we will investigate four major bodies of work: the photographic practice of Bernd and Hilla Becher; Rolf Dieter Brinkmann’s Materialienbände; Hanne Darboven’s installations; and Uwe Johnson’s novel Jahrestage.
Jennings, 1:30pm – 4:20 pm Thursday

GER 526 Topics in German Literature: Idyll: An underestimated genre.
Idyll is often seen as mere kitsch. But this might change. Today, the modes and styles of expressing personal and social “happiness” are no longer bound to an ambitious agenda for personal perfection or to an explicit political utopia. Could this result in a new interest in the idyll as a key form to address happiness? The seminar will examine key moments in the history of this genre from the 18th century to the present.
Wegmann, 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm, Monday

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