German Undergraduate Winter Courses

Winter 2020

Office Hours Winter 2020 - German

German 2. Elementary German.
Continuation of German 1
German 5. Intermediate German.
Continuation of German 4
German 35/ Comparative Literature 35: The Making of the Modern World.
Christina Vagt
Description and analysis of decisive events contributing to the world we are inhabiting. Various themes presented: City planning, war and industrial warfare, technology and media-technology, ideologies of modernity, and modern master theories.
German 43A/ Comparative Literature 43A: Dreaming Revolutions
Eva Geulen,  Kade Visiting Professor
Introduction to the revolutionary theories of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud. Explorations of three authors whose writing have profoundly changed our world.
German 101B: Advanced German.
Kelsey White
Speaking, listening, reading, and writing on an advanced level, while exploring contemporary German culture. Systematic review of grammar material. Additional focus on vocabulary building. Written and oral discussions based on newspaper articles, literary texts, German films, and websites. Topics will vary by quarter.
German 107: History of Culture
Melissa Sheedy
From wolves to witches, Rumpelstilzchen to Rapunzel, the fairy-tale genre is filled with rich imagery, familiar themes, and political and social subversion. Of enduring popularity and as constant subjects of reimagination and revitalization, German fairytales and their manifold retellings serve as a unique lens through which to view the social, political, and cultural contexts in which they were (re)produced. Through the texts emphasized in this course, we will glimpse the underlying perceptions and values regarding family, gender, nation, nature, religion, and society both in the first half of the nineteenth century and in the Germany of the last 25 years. With an eye to depictions of gender and gender roles as well as to conceptions of the environment and civilization, we will critically engage with these works and contextualize them within the social and political landscapes that shaped them. Our investigations will center on fairytales and their retellings in a variety of forms, from familiar and unfamiliar Volksmärchen by the Grimm Brothers, to recent and modern reworkings in the GDR and today. In recognizing and analyzing the Märchen’s influences in literature, art, music, poetry, and pop culture, we will begin to appreciate the fairy-tale’s enduring legacy and its place within German literary and cultural history.
Taught in German.
German 190: Proseminar
Christina Vagt
This course will study several distinct experiences of being a refugee in, to, and from Germany.
The class will explore issues such as living in fear of being apprehended as an undocumented immigrant; the agonizing wait for the decision of authorities granting political asylum; the daily struggles of life in asylum seekers’ residences in small and large German cities, working without the required permit, living in the home of a German family, seeking refuge from one’s life in a zone impacted by environmental catastrophe. We will explore the experiences of refugees through a number of media: a novel, films and video-interventions by a group of political activists.
Taught in German.
 Taught in German.