Courses For Fall 2018

Please find below the undergraduate courses offered by the German Department for the current semester – Fall 2018. For the most up-to-date listings, as well as an archive of courses offered during the last three years, please consult the University’s online Course Offerings page by clicking here; after selecting the appropriate semester from the dropdown menu at the top, please select GER and then click on the search button in the lower right hand corner.

 
GERMAN 101 – Beginning German
The course lays a foundation for functional acquisition of German. Class time is devoted to language tasks that will foster communicative competence and will emphasize listening and reading strategies, vocabulary acquisition, authentic input, and oral production. Conducted in German.
Staff, Various Times
 

GER 105 – Intermediate German
Develops deeper proficiency in all areas (cultural understanding, production skills, and receptive skills), using a combination of language-oriented work and cultural/historical content, including film and texts.
Staff, MTWTh – 10:00-10:50am; MTWTh – 12:30-1:20pm
 

GER 107 – Advanced German
Continues improvement of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing using texts, online media, and other sources as a basis for class discussion. Grammar review is included. Conducted in German.
Staff, MWF – 10:00-10:50am; MWF 12:30-1:20pm
 

GER 207 Studies in German Language and Style: Society, Politics and Culture in Germany 1890-1945
This course will tackle exemplary works of modern German society and culture, including literature, art, film, essays, speeches, and autobiographies. It offers an introduction to the most important events and issues from the first half of the century: the foundation of the German state, Berlin as a modern metropolis, World War I, the rise of National Socialism. Intensive practice in spoken and written German with an emphasis on vocabulary acquisition and complex syntactical forms.
N. Wegmann, TTh 11:00 am – 12:20 pm
 

GER 209 – Introduction to German Literature after 1700
This course has four goals: 1) to introduce students to key authors, genres, and movements in German literary history between 1770 and the present; 2) to provide an opportunity to deepen interpretive skills through reading and discussion of representative texts; 3) to encourage students to explore theoretical approaches to cultural material; and 4) to provide intensive practice in spoken and written German.
B. Nagel, MW 11:00 am – 12:20 pm
 

GER 303 Topics in Prose Fiction: Crime Stories
The seminar will deal with the history of crime in German literature through close readings of some of the most prominent crime stories since the end of the eighteenth century.
J. Vogl, TTh 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm
 

GER 307/COM329/ENG285 Topics in German Culture and Society: Denial, Disavowal, and the Problem of Knowing
Why is it that we know something but don’t act accordingly? This question becomes urgent in the face of issues that require immediate action, like global-warming, meat-production, sexual violence, racism, exploitative working conditions. “Death is a master from Germany,” the poet Paul Celan wrote — given the long denial of the death-camps, we could also say: “Denial is a master from Germany.” This class traces a series of catastrophic (quasi-)events in German history and discusses global analogues. Yet we also explore the philosophical problem of knowing: when are we too sure that we know something, too quick to accuse others of denial?
B. Nagel, Monday 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm
 

GER 324 Topics in Germanic Literatures: Literary Austria after 1945
This course explores the vibrant literary culture of postwar Austria. We will examine how literary works contributed to–and subverted–the construction of an Austrian national identity; what role texts like
Thomas Bernhard’s “Heldenplatz” played in Austria’s belated confrontation with its Nazi past; and why Austria produced a distinctive form of avant-garde writing whose most prominent representative, Elfriede Jelinek, received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2004. Our readings will also give us occasion to critically reflect on the stakes of categorizing literary works according to national, ethnic, or linguistic identity.
J. Wankhammer, TTh 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm
 

GER328/COM/367/ARC329/ART359 German Media Theory: Rhetorics of Surveillance
Taking up the master trope of dystopian futurity articulated in Orwell’s 1984, this seminar in media theory will track the paranoid logic of surveillance across a wide range of literary, philosophical, technological (photographic, cinematic, digital) and architectural manifestations. Using a comparative, historical and interdisciplinary approach we will consider surveillance as a political tactic, a narrative strategy, a theory of the subject, a spatial configuration, a mode of spectatorship, and as a key dynamic of both old and new media.
T. Levin, Wednesday 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm
 

COM422/ENG423/GER422/FRE422 “Modern” Poetry and Poetics: Baudelaire to the “Present”
Designed for both undergraduates and graduate students, this course will focus on reading major “modern” poets and writing on poetics, in French, German, English and Spanish, with additional readings in theory of modernity, poetry, and the arts written by several of the poets we read. These include: Baudelaire, Mallarmé Rilke, Celan, Garcia Lorca, Pax, Borges, Stevens, Bishop and Ashbery. Secondary readings will include essays by major theorists and critics who consider the larger questions of representation, temporality, visuality, and language underlying poetic practice.
C. Brodsky, Monday 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm