Junior Seminar: Research in German Studies, Theory and Practice
This introduction to methods for the study of German literature, culture, and media will hone the research and writing skills necessary to develop a substantial piece of independent scholarship. Through theoretical texts and primary sources the seminar focuses on fundamental issues of writing, such as: how does one choose an object of inquiry? What makes for a productive question, for a strong hypothesis? Why is it important to attend to details, but also to counterbalance with a macro-vision? Why is it important not only to be mindful of the historicity of one's primary object but also of theoretical texts? How does one research effectively?