German Literature Courses

GER 2091 - Introduction to German Literature I
Survey of German literature 1700–1830, including the Enlightenment through Sturm und Drang, classicism, and romanticism.
Course is taught in English
Prerequisite: None
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GER 2092 - Introduction to German Literature II
Survey of German literature 1830–1950, including Young Germany through realism, naturalism, expressionism, and the literature of the Third Reich years (exile literature and inner emigration).
Course is taught in English
Prerequisite: GER 2091
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GER 2101 - Readings in Contemporary German I
Analysis of representative readings of expository prose from German newspapers, periodicals, and other publications.
Course is taught in German
Prerequisite: GER 1004 or GER 1006
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GER 2102 - Readings in Contemporary German II
Analysis of representative readings of expository prose from German newspapers, periodicals, and other publications.
Course is taught in German
Prerequisite: GER 2101
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GER 2161 - German Culture I
The central problems, issues, and events that have shaped the development of German culture from antiquity to the present. Emphasis on products and processes of German culture in social, historical, and political contexts.
Course is taught in English
Prerequisite: None
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GER 2162 - German Culture II
The central problems, issues, and events that have shaped the development of German culture from the 15th to mid-19th century. Emphasis on products and processes of German culture in social, historical, and political contexts.
Course is taught in English
Prerequisite: None
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GER 2165 - 20th Century German Literature
Survey of the major trends in the works by modernist, exile, postwar, and contemporary German writers such as Kafka, Thomas Mann, Duerrenmatt, and Grass.
Course is taught in English
Prerequisite: None
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GER 3181 - History of German Cinema
A detailed historical and cultural survey of German cinema from the first moving picture devices (1895) to the expressionistic classics of the 1920s and the collapse of the Nazi film industry in 1945. All films are subtitled.
Course is taught in English
Prerequisite: None
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GER 3182 - The Fairy Tale from the Grimms to Disney
Survey of the changing form, structure, and meaning of the fairy tale in its traditional contexts, modern transformations and critical interpretations, with readings by 19th-century European collectors and 20th-century critics.
Course is taught in English
Prerequisite: None
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GER 3183 - Berlin Before and After the Wall
The political, social, and cultural developments in Berlin from 1945 to the present through a reading of selected primary documents, historical analyses, and short literary texts.
Course is taught in English
Prerequisite: None
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GER 3184 - German Thought
An overview of German ideas about culture, religion, society, and politics from the 16th century to the present. Readings from such writers as Luther, Leibniz, Kant, Schiller, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Weber, Heidegger, Adorno, and Habermas.
Course is taught in English
Prerequisite: None
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GER 3185 - Literary Voices and the Fascist Experience
A survey of writers anticipating as well as reflecting on Germany's plunge into the totalitarian abyss of fascist politics, including H. Mann, Kafka, Juenger, Brecht, Werfel, Thomas Mann, Lenz, Frisch, Duerrenmatt, and various forms of Holocaust poetry.
Course is taught in English
Prerequisite: None
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GER 3186 - German Women Writers of the 19th and 20th Centuries
The changing literary and social roles of German women of the 19th and 20th centuries, examined through selected readings of women's literary production and culture.
Course is taught in German
Prerequisite: None
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GER 3187 - German Cinema After 1945
The evolution of German cinema, from postwar examinations of the Nazi period through the social and political developments in the two German states. National and international influences; filmic treatments of the two German pasts since unification.
Course is taught in German
Prerequisite: None
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GER 3188 - The Lives of East Germans
Consideration of what it meant to grow up and live in the German Democratic Republic and the changes and challenges to East German identity since unification.  The course draws upon historical, political, and sociological studies as well as literary and filmic representations of East German experience.
Course is taught in German
Prerequisite: None
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GER 3189 - Dealing with the Communist Past
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Course is taught in German
Prerequisites: None
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GER 4171 - The Age of Goethe
Readings of major works of Weimar classicism in their historical and cultural context.
Course is taught in German
Prerequisite: None
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GER 4172 - From Romanticism to Realism
Readings in German romanticism, literature of the "young Germany" movement (Heine), and realism (Fontane, Storm).
Course is taught in German
Prerequisites: None
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GER 4173 - From Naturalism to Expressionism
Study of various literary movements between 1880 and 1914: naturalism, impressionism, symbolism, and expressionism (Hauptmann, Hesse, Thomas Mann, Kafka).
Course is taught in German
Prerequisite: None
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GER 4174 - Inside and Outside the Third Reich
Analysis of literary developments inside the Nazi state (propaganda literature, literature of resistance, and inner immigration) and the literature of exile (Seghers, Remarque).
Course is taught in German
Prerequisite: None
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GER 4175 - Literature of Two Germanies
Evolution of East and West German literatures after World War II, their separate developments and ultimate unification.
Course is taught in German
Prerequisite: None
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GER 4176 - Contemporary German Literature
Analysis of works by former East and West German writers after unification as well as the generation of young German writers, who came of age after or around the time of unification.  Emphasis on memoirs, family narratives, essays, and films examining Germany's transition from fascism and socialism to democracy.
Course is taught in German
Prerequisite: None
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GER 4195 - Special Topics
May be repeated for credit provided the topics differ.
Course is taught in German
Prerequisite: None
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Germanic Language & Literature Schedule of Classes

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