Spring Courses

Primarily for Undergraduates

GRMN0110    Intensive Beginning German
An intensive, double-credit language course that meets five days a week for 9 hours and focuses on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and the cultures of the German-speaking countries. At the end of the semester, students will be able to communicate successfully about everyday topics relating to the university, jobs, daily life and traveling. Ideal for undergraduate students interested in learning German for study abroad or for concentration requirements and for graduate students interested in starting their foreign language requirements. The course is designed for new students of German, regardless of any previous experience with German.
Rebecca Haubrich    S01      MWF 1-1:50; MWF 2-2:50             
TBD                                C01     TuTh 9-10:20                                   
TBD                                C02     TuTh 1-2:20    

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 about everyday topics and participate in the annual film festival. This is the second half of a year-long course. Students must have taken GRMN0100 to receive credit for this course. The final grade for this course will become the final grade for GRMN0100.
Jonathan Fine  S01      MWF 9-9:50, Tu 12-12:50  
Jonathan Fine  S02      MWF 11-11:50, Tu 12-12:50          
Jonathan Fine  S03      MWF 12-12:50, Tu 12-12:50

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: GRMN0300. WRIT
Jonathan Fine  S01      MWF 10-10:50, Th 12-12:50          
Jonathan Fine  S02      MWF 1-1:50, Th 12-12:50   

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. WRIT.
Thomas Kniesche  S01 TuTh 10:30-11:50am

GRMN1200K     Languages of Seduction
According to Genesis, languages of seduction can be traced back to Paradise. But where does seduction come from? Where does it lead the seducer and the seduced? This seminar will follow traces of seduction in Esopian fables; in Ulysses’ encounter with the sirens (Homer, Kafka); in Orpheus’ songs (Vergil, Rilke); in Sheherazade; in excerpts from Casanova’s Story of My Life; in Kierkegaard’s Diary of a Seducer; and in the (seductive) suggestion from a song by Bob Dylan: “Don’t follow leaders, watch the parkin’ meters”. What would happen were you to follow such an advice, seduced by its charm? In English.
Thomas Schestag   S01  TuTh 1-2:20pm

GRMN01340W   Writing Revolution
How is revolution articulated, recorded, and scripted? The word "re-volution" implies a turning-again. Revolution, however, is also marked, from the French Revolution to the revolutionary movements of the twentieth century, by a rhetoric of cutting, interrupting, and disjoining. Turning to the tropes of the turn and the cut for orientation, among others, this seminar will examine the modes by which revolutionary history is written from the eighteenth through the twentieth century. Readings include works by Rousseau, Kant, von Arnim, Hölderlin, Büchner, Marx, and Luxemburg. In English.
Kristina Mendicino   S01  W 3-5:30pm

GRMN01340X   Literature and Multilingualism
Has literature ever really been monolingual? Has it not always spoken with a split tongue and a fractured voice, enabling it to move in the interstices between languages, cultures, and identities? In this seminar, we examine some authors from the twentieth century for whom speaking is always speaking otherwise: speaking about the other, speaking as other, as something other than merely speaking. Our goal is to think beyond the ‘monolingual paradigm’ and come up with ways to describe the richness of linguistic multiplicity beyond the easy binaries of native vs foreign, self vs other. In English.
Zachary Sng      S01  MWF 12-12:50  

GRMN01441E     Krüge
What kind of thing does a jug represent or materialize? How is one to describe and judge its (literal or metaphorical) shape or use? And in which words? This seminar is split in two: its first part will focus on Heinrich von Kleist’s comedy Der zerbrochne Krug; its second part will consider Martin Heidegger’s essay Das Ding, which is centered around the question: What does a jug reveal – or hide – about the thing-character of every thing? The seminar opens with a small prose piece by French writer Francis Ponge: La cruche. Taught in German.
Thomas Schestag  S01   TuTh 10:30-11:50am

GRMN1900P     Erinnerung in der deutschen Gegenwartsliteratur
Erinnerung (memory, remembrance) is one of the big topics in contemporary German literature. Erinnerungsliteratur deals with the ramifications of highly problematic periods of nineteen- and twentieth German century, such as colonialism, the rise of Nazism, the Holocaust, or the communist dictatorship in former East Germany. Coming to terms with the past – one way or another – is the focus is texts by Günter Grass, W.G. Sebald, Uwe Timm, Marcel Beyer, Herta Müller, or Ulrike Draesner, to name just a few. Senior seminar. Taught in German.
Thomas Kniesche  S01  TuTh 2:30-3:50pm

GRMN2661T   What is Called Thinking?  On Critical Styles
Why does Kant problematize how we “orient” ourselves in thinking? Why does Hegel rebuke detractors of abstract thought? Why does Heidegger write that we are still not thinking? We will engage a carefully chosen series of exemplary essays whose lasting value derives from a rigorous interrogation not only of the subject matter at hand but also the very style of thinking critically and attentively. These essays (by Kant, Hegel, Freud, Benjamin, Heidegger, Adorno, Levinas, de Man, and Derrida), each a small masterpiece of modern thought, recast the question of critical style each time anew. Graduate students from diverse fields welcome.
Gerhard Richter   S01   M 3-5:30pm

SWED0200   Intermediate Beginning Swedish
Ann Weinstein   S01   TuTh 4-5:30pm