Fall Courses

Primarily for Undergraduates


GRMN0100 Beginning German
Jane Sokolosky
A course in the language and cultures of German-speaking countries. Four hours per week plus regular computer and listening comprehension work. At the end of the year, students will be able to communicate successfully about everyday topics. This is the first half of a year-long course whose first semester grade is normally a temporary one. Neither semester may be elected independently without special written permission. The final grade submitted at the end of the course work in GRMN 0200 covers the entire year and is recorded as the final grade for both semesters. 
CRN 15597 S01 MWF 11:00-11:50 & Tu 12:00-12:50
CRN 15598 S02 MWF 12:00-12:50 & Tu 12:00-12:50
CRN 15599 S03 MWF 1:00-1:50 & Tu 12:00-12:50
CRN 16227 S04 MWF 2:00-2:50 & Tu 12:00-12:50

GRMN0300 Intermediate German I
Jane Sokolosky
Focuses on deepening students' understanding of modern German culture by reading texts and viewing films pertinent to Germany today. Intended to provide a thorough review of German grammar and help students develop their writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills. Frequent writing assignments. Four hours per week. Recommended prerequisite: GRMN 0200.
CRN 15600 S01 MWF10:00 -10:50 & Th 12:00 - 12:50
CRN 15601 S02 MWF 1:00-1:50 & Th 12:00-12:50

GRMN0500F Twentieth Century German Culture
Kristina Mendicino
A broad exploration of twentieth-century German culture using many kinds of written and visual texts (e.g. literature, journalism, film, art). While continuing to work on all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing) students will gain more intensive knowledge about German culture, society, and history. In German. Recommended prerequisite: GRMN 0400. WRIT 
CRN 15602 S01 MWF 9:00-9:50

GRMN0900C Intro to German Literature
Michael Powers
This survey course will give a historical overview of the main periods and genres of literature in German from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century. We will also consider how literature relates and contributes to the cultural, intellectual, and political history of Germany. In English.
CRN 15828 S01 MWF 11:00-11:50

GRMN1320J Welcome and Good-Bye in German
Thomas Schestag
Whenever we greet somebody or something, we have to presuppose – without being able to prove it – the word’s capacity to greet, that is, to name and to address: the gesture of greeting oscillates between hostility, hospitality and indifference towards the deictic power of language. – This seminar will discuss the ambiguity of greeting in Kleist’s comedy Amphitryon; in a scene of Büchner’s Dantons Tod (with a commentary by Paul Celan); in poems by Goethe and Wilhelm Müller, Schiller, Mörike, Eichendorff, Keller, Hölderlin, and Brecht; as well as an early etching by Paul Klee. Taught in German.
CRN 15779 S01 TuTh10:30-11:50

GRMN1330B German Romanticism:  Texts, Contexts, Legacies
Zachary Sng
German Romanticism is associated with, among other things, self-reflectivity, irony, myth, genre experiments, and fantasy. In this seminar, we will examine some of the major texts of this period by F. Schlegel, Novalis, Tieck, Kleist, and Hoffmann in order to understand and question these associations. We will read these texts in the larger context of philosophical, political, and aesthetic developments around 1800, and also consider the legacy of romanticism in contemporary literary theory (de Man, Benjamin, Nancy/Lacoue-Labarthe). Taught in English.

CRN 16645 MWF 10:00-10:50

GRMN1440R Bertolt Brecht
Kristina Mendicino
In this course, students will gain a broad familiarity with the oeuvre of Bertolt Brecht. Participants will read selections from his dramas (Im Dickicht der Städte, Die Maßnahme, Leben des Galilei), as well as his dramatic adaptations (Die Antigone des Sophokles), poetry, theoretical texts (Kleines Organon für das Theater), and prose fiction. In German. WRIT DPLL
CRN 15824 S01 MWF 2:00-2:50

SWED0300 Intermediate Swedish I
Ann Weinstein
Continuing Swedish
CRN 15676S01 Tu Th 4:00-5:20

Primarily for Graduate Students

GRMN2660V Lessing - Legenden/Lessing
Thomas Schestag
In a self-portrait Lessing describes himself as neither actor nor poet but as a cripple [Lahmer] to whom critique is like a crutch that allows him (as a reader and writer) to move from text to text.But critique in Lessing’s self-portrait is just another name for philology, the Greek word philología pointing towards language in the name of the friend–phílos. Friends and friendship resurface in unexpected ways throughout the body of Lessing’s work. The seminar’s first part is dedicated to 7 texts by Lessing; the seminar’s second part is going to discuss 7 texts on Lessing. In English; texts in German.
CRN 15780 S01 Th 4:00-6:20

GRMN2660W Reading Adorno's Aesthetic Theory
Gerhard Richter
Theodor W. Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory stands as one of modernity’s great reflections on the relationship among art, truth, and the political. Unfinished at the time of his death in 1969, Adorno’s opus magnum argues that “only what does not fit into the world is true.” In constant critical engagement with writers and thinkers such as Kant and Hegel, Baudelaire, Benjamin, and Beckett, Adorno sees the true artwork as a scar. Through close and careful readings, our seminar investigates how Adorno’s concept of the artwork (literary, musical, painterly, photographic, sculptural, etc.) assumes its own singular dignity, insight, and pleasure. [In English.]
CRN 16161 S01 F 3:00-5:20
[Cross-listed with Comparative Literature.  Interested students should register for COLT 2821K]