Fall 2016

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–9:50 pm Thursday

GER 516: Topics in 20th – Century Literature: Robert Musil: Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften
Musil’s unfinished novel Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften is a landmark of modern literature. But how can it be approached? How can we read a novel which has the scope of an encyclopedia and the linguistic density of a lyrical text, a novel moreover which not only attempts to realize a world but aims at transgressing this world’s border, thus suspending itself? Combining close readings of selected chapters with investigations of discursive contexts, the course will attempt to gain access to the poetics of the novel by focusing on key concepts and topics as well as on textual strategies and methods of narration.
Inka Mülder-Bach, 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm, Wednesday

GER 517/MOD 517/ART 517/COM 519: Modernism and Modernity: Aesthetics of Surveillance
Taking up Orwell’s master trope of distopic futurity, this seminar in comparative media aesthetics and theory explores the paranoid logic of surveillance in its literary, architectural, artistic and, above all, technological (photographic, cinematic, digital) manifestations in order to unpack a category that is at once a political tactic, a narrative strategy, a theory of the subject, an architectural model, a mode of spectatorship and, quite possibly, the paradigmatic epistemology of the cinematic medium.
T. Levin, Film 7:30 pm 10:20 pm, Monday, Seminar 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm, Tuesday

GER 526 Topics in German Literature: Paradigms of Writing: Cases, Theories, Techniques
Over recent decades, literary scholarship has shifted focus from a generalized or transcendental concept of writing to an analysis of its historically specific techniques. This has allowed for a clearer view of differences among communicative structures and settings. Through a coupling of case studies and theoretical models, this course aims to work through the implications of highly influential distinctions (orality v. literacy), practices (scribbling, collecting), institutions (bureaucracy, literature), as well as formats (fragment, biography).
J. Lande and N. Wegmann, 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm, Monday

HUM596/GER596/FRE596/COM596 Humanistic Perspectives on Literature: Case Histories, Life Stories
The seminar will reflect on the role of exemplary stories – ones that seem to want to offer a lesson in the understanding of life and character, even of personhood as such – in fiction and non-fiction. What do authors intend when writing factual “case histories” or fictional variants on the genre? What are readers supposed to learn from such texts? What is at stake for the subjects of case histories? How do modalities of narration and literary figuration variously shape the presentation of life stories in autobiography, psychoanalysis, art criticism?
Peter P. Brooks and B. Doherty, 10:00 am – 12:50 pm, Wednesday

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