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, 7:30 pm–10:30 pm Th
GER 512: German Literature in the 18th Century: Transformations of the novel: Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister
While the 19th century canonized Goethe’s seminal novel Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre (1795/96) as the paradigmatic “Bildungsroman” of German literature recent scholarship has rediscovered it as part of an open-ended literary project. Published six years after the French revolution Goethe’s novel reacts to the violent political, economical and cultural transformations of the age with a narrative of conflicts, illusions, crises, losses and transitions that transforms the genre of the novel itself. The course will study these transformations in the light of the novel’s immediate precursors and its critical reception in romanticism. I. Mülder-Bach, 1:30 pm-4:20 pm, W
GER 517/MOD517/ART517: Modernism and Modernity: Aesthetics of Surveillance
Taking up Orwell’s master trope of distopic futurity, this seminar in comparative media aesthetics and theory will explore 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.
Levin, Seminar 1:30 pm-4:20 pm Tuesday, Film 7:30 pm-8:50 pm Monday
HUM 581/GER 581/MOD581/ART 593
Seminar explores W. Benjamin’s “Artwork Essay” as an experiment in and a critique of modernist cultural history. Through its exacerbation of the antinomies of analyzing cultural production in historical terms and its theorization of technological media in relation to the history of art, the artwork essay interrogates both the very possibility of writing cultural history and the conditions of its necessity as a form of knowledge. Seminar focuses on the artwork essay’s refunctioning of sources in a wide variety of disciplines and discourses, as well as on a number of exemplary exercises in cultural history and media theory in its aftermath. Doherty and Jennings, 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm Th
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