Primarily for Undergraduates
GRMN0200 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 and participate in the annual film festival. This is the second half of a year-long course. Students must have taken GRMN 0100 to receive credit for this course. The final grade for this course will become the final grade for GRMN 0100. If GRMN 0100 was taken for credit then this course must be taken for credit; if taken as an audit, this course must also be taken as an audit. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by both the academic department and the Committee on Academic Standing.
CRN 23625 S01 MWF 11:00-11:50 & Tu 12:00-12:50
CRN 23642 S02 MWF 12:00-12:50 & Tu 12:00-12:50
CRN 23643 S03 MWF 1:00-1:50 & Tu 12:00-12:50
GRMN0400 Intermediate German II
An intermediate German course that stresses improvement of the four language skills. Students read short stories and a novel; screen one film; maintain a blog in German. Topics include German art, history, and literature. Frequent writing assignments. Grammar review as needed. Four hours per week. Recommended prerequisite: GRMN 0300. WRIT
CRN 23644 S01 MWF 10:00 -10:50 & Th 12:00 - 12:50
CRN 23645 S02 MWF 1:00-1:50 & Th 12:00-12:50
GRMN0600B Was ist Deutsch?
In this course we will examine some of the ideas and myths that became entangled with the emerging notion of a "German" identity in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Some of the terms that we will discuss include 'Kultur,' 'Bildung', 'Freiheit' and 'Gesellschaft,' all of which have rich semantic histories. Conducted in German. Recommended prerequisite: one course in the GRMN 0500 series. WRIT CRN24188 S01 MWF 2:00 - 2:50
GRMN0750E Reading Film: An Introduction to German Cinema
What is it that fascinates us about cinema? What desires and drives have held us in thrall to the moving image? This seminar introduces you to writing about film, not just within the specific field of media studies but within the humanities as a whole. We will examine 12 filmic examples (ranging from early silent film to contemporary popular cinema) alongside a selection of theoretical and historical readings. The course will impart the basic skills needed to write in a critical, reflective, and rigorous way about film. For those interested in film in the context of any humanities field. FYS.
CRN 23988 TuTh 1:00-2:20
GRMN1200B Thinking Friendship, from Plato to Derrida
How have the concept and experience of friendship been construed in the Western intellectual traditions? What are the implications of dividing one's personal, cultural, and political world into friends and enemies? What is the relation between friendship and questions of community, hospitality, war, and the work of mourning? To what extent are our so-called social networking services the end of friendship? We will gain a grounding in the history and theory of friendship through close and caring readings of writers such as Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Montaigne, Kant, Emerson, Nietzsche, Freud, Heidegger, Schmitt, Blanchot, Levinas, Nancy, and Derrida. Taught in English. Enrollment limited to 25.
CRN 24500 S01 W 3:00-5:20
GRMN1440P Heroes, Failures and Other Peculiar Characters-The German Novel from Goethe to Kafka
Readings in the tradition of the German novel, including the Bildungsroman, Realism and modernist fiction. Consideration especially of failed heroes and the failure of the novel genre. Authors include Goethe, Hoelderlin, Novalis, Stifter, Fontane, Musil and Kafka. Readings and class discussions in English. CRN 23930 S01 MWF 1:00-1:50
GRMN1440Q Novella: Between Law and Literature
Novella is a liminal term. In Roman Law, codified in the sixth century as the Corpus Iuris Civilis, the word novellae designates a collection of legal matters presented in non-legal terms for the sake of popularization. Even as a literary genre, the novella continues to engage legal matters. The three novellas read and discussed in this course, Kleist’s Michael Kohlhaas, Droste-Hülshoff’s Die Judenbuche, and Gottfried Keller’s Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe, are about juridical and criminal cases. Each one relocates novella in the no man’s land between literature and law.
CRN 25799 S01 TuTh 9:00-10:20am
GRMN1700A Introduction to Yiddish Culture and Language
Yiddish was the language spoken by most Jews in Eastern Europe and the countries to which they emigrated (including the U.S., England, South Africa, South American countries, and Israel) from the nineteenth century until after the Holocaust. It was the basis for a transnational Jewish culture and literature, and it played a central role in modern Jewish political life. We will explore the history of Yiddish culture and the development of the Yiddish press, literature, and cinema. The connection between Yiddish and modern Jewish politics will also be discussed. Students in the course will also have the opportunity to develop a basic knowledge of the Yiddish language.
CRN 25043 S01 Th 4:00-6:20
[Cross-listed with Judaic Studies. Interested students should register for JUDS1713.]
GRMN1900F Berlin gestern und heute
Berlin looks back on an "interesting" history: from local Prussian backwater to metropolis, from capital of early 20th century culture to center of the "Third Reich," and from a symbol of German imperialism and militarism to the capital of the New Berlin Republic. This seminar sets out to explore some of the history of this city in art, architecture, film and literature, from the 18th century to the present. In German. Prerequisite: GRMN 0600.
CRN 23430 S01 MWF 10:00-10:50
Primarily for Graduate Students
GRMN2320E Political Romanticism
Zachary Sng/William Keach
What, if anything, is political about Romanticism? We will read the literary and non-literary writings of British and German romantic authors, with a focus on their complex relationship to political ideas, political practice, and the very concept of "the political." We will also consider why the question of Romanticism's relationship to politics has been re-visited with such insistency in the 20th century. Authors include W. Wordsworth, P. B. Shelley, Coleridge, Friedrich Schlegel, Novalis, and Kleist. All readings and discussions in English.
CRN 24189 S01 T 4:00-6:20
GRMN2660Q Freud and Lacan
Examines the foundations of psychoanalysis through Freud's and Lacan's writings. We will engage critically with their founding principles, reading practices, literariness, and ethics. Texts include Freud's Interpretation of Dreams, Beyond the Pleasure Principle, Dora, and a range of case histories and papers, and Lacan's Ecrits, Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis, and the seminars, particularly Book VII: The Ethics of Psychoanalysis. Enrollment limited to 15 graduate students.
CRN 24450 S01 Th 4:00-6:20
[Cross-listed with the English Department. Interested students should register for ENGL2900T.]
GRMN2660R Articulations of Revolution
How is revolution articulated? The word "re-volution" implies a turning-again. Revolution, however, is also scanned in many registers during the age of the French Revolution by a rhetoric of cutting, interrupting, and disjoining.Turning to the tropes of the turn and the cut for orientation, this seminar will examine the articulations of revolution – the ways in which it is spoken, jointed, and disjointed – in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as the consequences of tropes and articulation for revolution. Readings include works by Rousseau, de Sade, Fichte, Hölderlin, Hegel, Kleist, Büchner, and Marx.
CRN TBA S01 M 3:00-5:20
GRMN2660T The "House of Language" Exposed to Literature
According to a notion found in Nietzsche’s Zarathustra and adapted by Martin Heidegger, language is “the House of Being.“ This seminar broaches the question of how to dwell in language by examining various constellations of theoretical and literary texts by Hoelderlin, Heidegger, Hebel, von Hofmannsthal, Kafka, Benjamin, Scheerbart, Brecht, and Rolf Dieter Brinkmann. The seminar opens with Celan’s translation of a poem by Emily Dickinson: “I dwell in possibility“: “Mein Haus, das ist die Möglichkeit.“ [Taught in English.]
CRN 25797 S01 Th 4:00-6:20