Courses for Fall 2018

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.
J. Rankin, 7:00 pm–9:50 pm, Wednesday

GER 508/MED 508 Middle High German Literature: An Introduction
Introduction to Middle High German language and literature 1100-1300. Selections from Arthurian romance (Parzival, Tristan), epic (Nibelungenlied), lyric poetry (Minnesang), and mysticism (Meister Eckhart, Mechthild von Magdeburg). Additional readings on history and culture also examined.
S. Poor, Monday 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm

GER 517 Modernism and Modernity: Cosmology and Cosmopoetics
This seminar explores the breakdown of the classical congruence between cosmos and logos–world and word–as a foundational event of modern poetics. In dialogue with Hans Blumenberg’s seminal work on the Copernican Turn, we will ask how notions of cosmic order and contingency inform strategies of literary meaning-making while also studying forms of representation that suffuse cosmologies from antiquity to the present. On this basis, we will probe whether it is possible to generalize Lukács’s diagnosis of “transcendental homelessness” and define the outlines of a post-Copernican poetics characterized by the absence of cosmic order and meaning.
J. Wankhammer, Wednesday 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm

GER 520 Topics in Literary and Cultural Theory: Drive: Toward a Modern Conceptual History
This course tracks the concept of drive through a series of natural scientific, literary, and philosophical discourses between approximately 1780 and 1940. After a preliminary discussion of appetite and self-motion between Aristotle and Newton, we shall explore the surge of interest in the concept around 1800, followed by the emerging science of sexuality, before finally turning to psychoanalytic and ‘cosmological’ theories of drive from early 20c. Our focus shall be on changing conceptions of human motive, especially the difference between instinct, desire, and intelligence.
J. Lande, Tuesday, 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm

GER 521 Topics in German Intellectual History: Angry Heroes
“Rage” was the first word of The Iliad and, thus, of European literature. Beginning with the rage of Achilles, which offers a glimpse into antiquity’s universe of conflict, rage–along with variants such as wrath, outrage and hate–has assumed different forms and courses in western culture: divine fury, mortal sin, military frenzy, passion as such or a fatal tear in the social tie. Against this background, the seminar follows a history of affect from antiquity to the present through texts and sources that explore the diverse patterns of this passion’s escalation: its political, theological, aesthetic and psychological dimensions.
J. Vogl, Wednesday 7:00 pm – 9:50 pm


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