Spring Courses

Primarily for Undergraduates

GRMN0110  Intensive Beginning German                                           Jane Sokolosky
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.
S01         TuTh      9-10:20
C01        MWF      1-2:50
C02        MWF      1-2:50

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 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.
S01         MWF      9-9:50, T 12-12:50
S02         MWF      11-11:50, T 12-12:50
S03         MWF      12-12:50, T 12-12:50

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
S01         MWF      10-10:50, Th 12-12:50
S02         MWF      1-1:50, Th 12-12:50

 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
S01         MWF      10-10:50

 GRMN0900C  Introduction to German Literature                         Zachary Sng
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. WRIT
S01         TuTh      10:30-11:50        

 GRMN1440T  Ding-Gedichte/Thing-Poems                                    Thomas Schestag
Thing-poems do not only describe (animated or inanimate) things. They undo the strict separation between (designating) words and (designated) things. The seminar will pursue several aspects and implications of this undoing, for the state of language as well as for the state of things, with poems by Barthold Heinrich Brockes, Eduard Mörike, Conrad Ferdinand Meyer, Rainer Maria Rilke, Stefan George, Paul Celan, Unica Zürn, and Michael Donhauser. In German.
S01         TuTh      1-2:20

 GRMN1900J  Senior Seminar:  Deutsche Gegenwartsliteratur         Thomas Kniesche
Contemporary German literature is concerned with Germany after reunification, but also with other contemporary issues such as multiculturalism, mass migration, and globalization. In this class, we will discuss texts by younger authors and recent works by established writers. We will read essayistic, poetic, theatrical, and narrative texts, and we will assess what contemporary literature in German has to say about Germany, Europe, and the world of the 21st century. Readings by Durs Grünbein, Maxim Biller, Herta Müller, Juli Zeh, F. C. Delius, and others.  In German.  Pre-reqs: a 1000-level course.
S01         MWF  2-2:50

Primarily for Graduates

GRMN2661H  Lenz-Legenden/Lenz-Legends                                         Thomas Schestag
Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz is a forgotten writer, yet a most influential and haunting presence throughout the centuries (since he was found dead, at age 41, in a Moscow street, in 1792). We will re-read Lenz’ pieces for theater (Der Hofmeister, Die Soldaten) as well as on theater (Anmerkungen übers Theater), including translations of, and writings on, Shakespeare. Readings will also include political and philosophical essays, linguistic and etymological studies from his Moscow years, and letters. The seminar’s second half includes remnants of encounters with Lenz in Goethe’s writings, Büchner’s novella Lenz, Celan’s Der Meridian and Oswald Egger’s Euer Lenz.
S01         Tu 4-6:30pm

GRMN2661I  German Romanticism                                                        Zachary Sng
An introduction to the key texts of German romanticism, alongside a selection of secondary commentaries. We will focus on the importance of the period for 20th-century developments in literary theory and criticism. Primary readings will include texts by Kleist, Novalis, Schlegel, Tieck, and Hoffmann, and secondary readings will be drawn from authors such as de Man, Jacobs, Hamacher, and Lacoue-Labarthe / Nancy. Reading knowledge of German recommended but not required.
S01         Th  4-6:30

SWED0200  Beginning Swedish                                                              Ann Weinstein

Swedish 200 is a continuation of Swedish 100, with the same goals, materials and methods. It may also be suited to students with some prior background in Swedish.
S01         TuTh  4-6:30


GRMN0200 Beginning German