Primarily for Undergraduates
GRMN0100 Beginning German
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 14148 S01 MWF 11:00-11:50 & Tu 12:00-12:50
CRN 14149 S02 MWF 12:00-12:50 & Tu 12:00-12:50
CRN 14150 S03 MWF 1:00-1:50 & Tu 12:00-12:50
CRN 16654 S04 MWF 2:00-2:50 & Tu 12:00-12:50
GRMN0300 Intermediate German I
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 14151 S01 MWF10:00 -10:50 & Th 12:00 - 12:50
CRN 14152 S02 MWF 1:00-1:50 & Th 12:00-12:50
GRMN0500F Twentieth Century German Culture
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 14909 S01 MWF 10:00-10:50
CRN 16122 S02 MWF 9:00-9:50
GRMN0750B Tales of Vampirism and the Uncanny
This course compares literary texts of horror and haunting in English and German Romanticism. The psychoanalytic foundations of vampirism are discussed to enable students to boldly go beyond mere fandom and engage these texts on a more sophisticated level. Readings by Walpole, Coleridge, Poe, Tieck, E.T.A. Hoffmann and others. In English. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYS
CRN 14910 S01 Tu Th 10:30-11:50
GRMN1320H Klassik und Romantik
Both German Classicism and Romanticism can be read as responses to revolutionary changes in the areas of politics, economics, philosophy, and the lifeworld (Lebenswelt). But whereas Romanticism was an all-European movement, 18th century classical literature and aesthetics were a uniquely German phenomenon. How did both schools of thought and literature view the onset of modernity and how did they respond to it? What was similar and what was different in their respective ideas of how to deal with the changing times? Texts by Goethe, Schiller, Hölderlin, Friedrich Schlegel, Novalis, and others. In German. Prerequisite: GRMN 600.
CRN 15077 S01 TuTh 1:00-2:20
GRMN1200C Nietzsche - The Good European
Nietzsche prided himself on his transnational identity. He loved German literature and was himself a writer of the first rank. Yet he was critical of the culture and the politics of his nation and he loved the literatures and cultures of many other nations. We will study his philosophical works with a view to his criticisms of Deutschtum and his affirmation of other traditions—starting with the Greeks, for by profession he was a classicist. We will also study Nietzsche’s journeys—for he was convinced that the places in which he thought and wrote were essential to his thinking and writing.
CRN 16173 S01 W 3:00-5:20
GRMN1340N Literature and Multilingualism
Has literature ever really been monolingual? Has it not spoken, from the outset, with a split tongue? We will examine a range of authors from the twentieth century in this seminar for whom speaking is always speaking otherwise: speaking about the other, speaking as other, something other than merely speaking. Literary examples might include Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett, Paul Celan, W. G. Sebald, Yoko Tawada. We will also look at a selection of theoretical writings from Derrida, Deleuze and Guattari, Freud, Benjamin, and others. Reading knowledge of German helpful but not required. DVPS
CRN 15303 S01 MWF 11:00-11:50
GRMN1450E Ghostly, Manifest: Heine, Marx, Hoffmann and Freud
As historical materialism emerges in the nineteenth century, the ghost returns again and again in the writing of the period. What does this coincidence manifest, when the ghost inaugurates Marx’sManifest der kommunistischen Partei, or when Heine summons in his poetry the specters of Romanticism––themselves, as he says elsewhere, reawakened manifestations of the ghostly poetry of the Middle Ages? What does this coincidence imply for thinking about temporality, history, and writing? We will engage such questions, which have been investigated in recent decades by Derrida and others, through close readings of Heine, Marx, E.T.A. Hoffmann, and Freud. In German. Prerequsite: GRMN0600; or instructor's permission.
CRN TBA S01 MWF 2:00-2:50
GRMN1800A Berlin: Dissonance, Division, Revision
In the twentieth century, Berlin was the city where Western political conflict took its most dramatically visible form. This course studies the history, culture, and literature of Berlin, focusing in particular on the seven decades between the failed 1919 revolution and the fall of the Wall in 1989. Literature and cinema will be emphasized (Benjamin, Döblin, Isherwood, Kästner, and other authors; several films from the silent era onward), but attention will also be paid to political history, to the history of art and cabaret, and to Berlin's architecture and urban space.
CRN 14518 S01 MWF 10:00-10:50
[Cross-listed with Comparative Literature. Interested students should register for COLT 1813J.]
SWED0300 Intermediate Swedish I
CRN 15974 S01 Tu Th 4:00-5:20
Primarily for Graduate Students
GRMN2081A Realism, Idealism & Modernity (II)
This course continues discussion of realism and idealism as alternative responses to the challenges of modernity. We begin with Schelling's System of Transcendental Idealism and selections from Hegel; subsequent authors include Nietzsche, a Neo-Hegelian such as F.H. Bradly, a Neo-Kantian such as Ernst Cassirer, a pragmatist such as John Dewey or C.I. Lewis, and more recent philosophers such as Rudolf Carnap, Thomas Kuhn, Jurgen Habermas, and others. We will especially consider how recent versions of conceptual relativism such as Kuhn's draw on both the realist/idealist traditions to model the modern scientific outlook. Undergraduates with instructor permission. HMAN 2970H helpful but not required. Enrollment limited to 20.
CRN 15484 S01 W 3:00-5:20
[Cross-listed with Humanities. Interested students should register for HMAN2970J.]
GRMN2500A Rethinking the Bildungsroman
Studies the history and theoretical complications of the idea of the Bildungsroman and "Bildung". The first meetings will unpack the notion of aesthetic education through close readings of Schiller's aesthetics and Goethe's novel Wilhelm Meister. We'll then go on to examine some classic 19th-century German, French, and English novels (Père Goriot, Middlemarch, L'education sentimentale), plus one or two less well-known novels such as Der grüne Heinrich, and one or two 20th century novels such as Der Zauberberg. Secondary readings will engage a variety of theoretical issues and approaches (deconstructive, feminist, Foucauldian, postcolonial).
CRN 14521 S01 M 3:00-5:20pm
[Cross-listed with Comparative Literature. Interested students should register for COLT2520G.]
GRMN2660P The Essay: Theory and Praxis
An essay, Lukács once said, is not yet form, but form on the way to becoming form. It is something in between: between art, science, and philosophy, between reason and intuition, between "precision and soul" (Musil). We will begin with the idea of the essay in Montaigne and Francis Bacon, and trace its development in Germany's intellectual and literary history from around 1870 till 1960. We will try to understand why, during this period, the essay became the preferred medium of thought and one of the dominant forms of reflecting on great Westerns narratives as well as important contemporary discourses.
CRN 15655 S01 T 4:00-6:20
GRMN2660S Inheriting (in) Modernity
Gerhard Richter and David Krell
This seminar will devote itself to the vexing question of what an intellectual and cultural inheritance is and how one should respond to its demanding complexities. How do we relate to a tradition, a legacy, a canon, an estate, a previous way of thinking and being? The readability of an inheritance and its many ghosts can be confronted in a rigorous fashion only in the moment when this very readability threatens to break down and the idea of a straightforward understanding is suspended. Readings include Nietzsche, Freud, Kafka, Bloch, Benjamin, Heidegger, Adorno, and Derrida. (Taught in English).
Courses offered in other departments (all in English)
COLT1210-S01 Introduction to the Theory of Literature (Z. Sng) MWF 1:00-1:50
COLT1430L-S01 Voices of Romanticism (S. Bernstein (MWF 11:00-11:50
COLT1810N-S01 Freud: Writer and Reader (S. Stewart-Steinberg) Th 4:00-6:20
HIST1030-S01 The Long Fall of the Roman Empire (J. Conant) TuTh 1:00-2:20
HIST1230-S01 European Intellectual History: Exploding the Modern (M. Gluck) MWF 10:00-10:50
HIST1972V Modernity, Jews, and Urban Identity in Central Europe, 1867-1938 (M. Gluck) TuTh 9:00-10:20
HIST1976Z Charlemagne: Conquest, Empire, and the Making of the Middle Ages (J. Conant) Th 4:00-6:20
HIST1978T-S01 Fin-de-Siecle Paris and Vienna (TBA) W 3:00-5:20
RELS1738-S01 Religion, Music, and Politics, 1750 to the Present (T. Lewis) W 3:00-5:20