Spring Courses

Primarily for Undergraduates

GRMN0110 Intensive Beginning German
Michael Powers
Students who wish to complete the GRMN 0100-0200 sequence in one semester may do so by enrolling in GRMN 0110 for two semester course credits. There are six hours per week in small drill sections conducted by fluent undergraduate teaching apprentices. Another three hours of class will be conducted by the faculty instructor. Students must register for both the lecture section and one conference.
CRN 25860 S01 TuTh 9:00-10:20
CRN 25861 C01 MWF 1:00-1:50
CRN 25862 C02 MWF 2:00-2:50

GRMN0120 German for Reading
Kristina Mendicino
Intensive introduction to German grammar and syntax for students without prior knowledge of German and from all academic disciplines. Primarily for graduate students but also open to undergraduates. The student who successfully completes this course will have the necessary foundation for reading and translating German texts for students.
CRN 25802 S01 W 3:00-5:30

GRMN0200 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 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 25069 S01 MWF 11:00-11:50 & Tu 12:00-12:50
CRN 25078 S02 MWF 12:00-12:50 & Tu 12:00-12:50
CRN 25079 S03 MWF 1:00-1:50 & Tu 12:00-12:50

GRMN0400 Intermediate German II
Jane Sokolosky
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 25080 S01 MWF 10:00 -10:50 & Th 12:00-12:50
CRN 25081 S02 MWF 1:00-1:50 & Th 12:00-12:50

GRMN0600B Was ist Deutsch?
Thomas Kniesche
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
CRN 24925 S01 Tu Th 10:30-11:50

GRMN0999A Clothes and Clothing (in Literature and Film)
Thomas Schestag
According to long tradition, manuscripts and printed documents are called by the (latin) word textum.  But the latin word's literal meaning points toward woven fabric, web abd tissue (and clothes).  Why do we call a text a text?  It seems that whenever, in literature, clothes and the use of clothes are at stake, a tentative answer is given to the aforementioned question.  This course will discuss such tentative answers in texts by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Keller, Stifter, Kafka, Andersen, Freud and Rilke, as well as in a movie by Wenders on the Japanese fashion designer Yamamoto.  Taught in German. 
CRN 25203 S01 Tu Th 9:00-10:20

 GRMN1320I-S01 What is an Image? German Aesthetics and Art from Lessing to Heidegger
Zachary Sng

A survery of some of the most important German-language contributions to theories of art, alongside a discussion of some major art-works from the German tradition.  Authors inclulde Lessing, Kant, Schiller, Hegel, Nietzsche, Benjamin, Adorno, and Heidegger.  Emphasis will be on how aesthetics intersects with literary theory and the idea of critique, and also how it contributes to dicsussions about knowledge, subjectivity, and power.  All readings in English translation.  In English. 
CRN 25045 S01 MWF 11:00-11:50

GRMN1320K Achilles Around 1800
 Thomas Schestag
Around 1800 the discussion of ancient Greece in Germany, prompted by the art historian and archaeologist Winckelmann, by the classical scholar Friedrich August Wolf as well as by Johann Heinrich Voß, German translations of the Iliad and Odyssee (1781/1793), is more and more focused on the emblematic figure of the hero, condensed in Achilles.  The seminar will question and discuss this renewed interest by reading Goethe's epic fragment Achilleis (1797/1808), and Kleist's mourning play Penthesilea (1808).  These readings are preceeded by the discussion of fragments from Homer's Iliad and Odyssee as well as Plato's Symposium.  Taught in German. 
CRN 25117 S01 Tu Th 6:40-8:00

GRMN1660M Light-Writing:  Literature - Photography - Philosophy
Gerhard Richter 
"I didn't draw any people," Kafka once wrote, "I told a story.  One takes photographs of things in order to forget them.  My stories are a way of closing my eyes."  Kafka invites us to reflect upon the relationship among literature, photography, and philosophy-from the first heliograph in 1826 to today's digital image.  We will address issues in the historical and conceptual interaction among language, image, and critical thought.  Our wager:  Words, photographs, and the act of thinking share a common relationship to time, finitude, loss, and mounring.  Works by Kafka, Proust, Barthes, Benjamin, Kracauer, Heidegger, Derrida, and other.
CRN 25700 S01W 3:00-5:20

GRMN1900H Soccer and Identity Formation in Post WWII Germany
Thomas Kniesche
In Germany soccer is more than a national pastime or a way to stay fit for people.  Beginning in the 1950's, soccer also served as a foundation for national myth-making and a source of identity formation both for individuals and for the nation as a whole.  When during the 1990's, more and more professional players with a multicultural background also started to represent Germany internationally, multiculturalism and soccer became intricately linked.  We will discuss the history and culture of soccer in Germany from early 20th century to present.  A field trip to Germany over Spring break is planned in connection with this seminar.  In German. 
CRN 25004 S01 Tu Th 2:30-3:50

Primarily for Graduate Students

GRMN2660U Goethe
Zachary Sng and Susan Bernstein
Close readings from Goethe's oeuvre, including poetry, drama, and prose.  Text to be discussed will include Die Leiden des jungen Werthers, "Die Wahlverwandschaften," Götz von Berlichingen, Faust, and selected poetry.  We will also consider some critical engagements with Goethe's works (e.g. Benjamin, Ronell, Wellberry, Kittler).  Some thematic concerns that will be addressed in relation to Goethe's writings are Bildung, myth, Weltliteratur, and the Gothic.  Reading knowledge of German recommended but not required.
CRN 25044 S01 M 3:00-5:30

GRMN2661A Other Worlds
Alexander Düttmann

The aim of this seminar is to explore the notion of "other worlds" in philosophy and art, whether the otherness is conceived in terms of necessity or contigency, creation or redemption, lapse into a technologically mediated barbarism or revolutionary transfpormation.  The starting point for this exploration is a personal feeling.  One day I relize that I exist in a world that no longer exists, although it had never crossed my mind that "my" world, as strange and inhospitable as it might have been, could come to and end.  As a result, I have turned into a ghost without noticing.  What shall I do?  Try to adapt to the new world?  Pretend nothing has happened?  Resist the disintegration of the old world?  Readings by Leibniz, Nietzsche, Bloch, Benjamin, Delueze, Meillassoux.  FIlms by Visconti and Godard.  Taught in English.  Students from various fields are welcome.  
CRN 26571 S01 Tu 4:00-6:30

[Note Bene:  Professor Düttmann is the Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor of German Studies at Brown University during Spring 2015.  A philosopher by training, he regularly teaches as Professor of Philosophical Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art at the Universität der Künste (University of the Arts) in Berlin, Germany.  He is the author of many influential books on such figures as Heidegger, Adorno, Derrida, and on topics such as the discourse on AIDS, the idea of participation, the aesthetics of resistance, Adorno's Minima Moralla, and the idea of cultural recognition.



GRMN0200 Beginning German