Courses Spring 2017

Spring 2017 Undergraduate Courses

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GMAN 151 01 (20623) 

Exploring Contemporary German Culture

Marion Gehlker

Advanced German course focusing on vocabulary expansion through reading practice; stylistic development in writing; and development of conversational German. Critical analysis of selected aspects of contemporary German culture, such as Green Germany, social movements from the 60s to today, the changing “Sozialstaat,” and current events. TTh 1.00-2.15

GMAN 174 01 (20626) 

Literature and Music

Kirk Wetters

An advanced language course addressing the close connection between music and German and Austrian literature. Topics include: musical aesthetics (Hoffmann, Hanslick, Nietzsche, Schoenberg, Adorno); opera (Wagner, Strauss-Hofmansthal, Berg); the “art song” or Lied (Schubert, Mahler, Krenek); fictional narratives (Kleist, Hoffmann, Mörike, Doderer, Bernhard). Prereq: GMAN 140 or higher. TTh 11.35-12.50

GMAN 208 01 (20702) /HIST254

Germany from Unification to Refugee Crisis

Jennifer Allen

The history of Germany from its unification in 1871 through the present. Topics include German nationalism and national unification; the culture and politics of the Weimar Republic; National Socialism and the Holocaust; the division of Germany and the Cold War; the Student Movement and New Social Movements; reunification; and Germany’s place in contemporary Europe. TTh 11.35-12.50

GMAN 225 01 (20627) /LITR362/FILM346

Intermediality in Film

Brigitte Peucker

1 HTBA Film is a hybrid medium, the meeting point of several others. This course focuses on the relationship of film to theater, painting, and video, suggesting that where two media are in evidence, there is usually a third. Topics include space, motion, framing, color, theatricality, tableau vivant, ekphrasis, spectatorship, and new media. Readings feature art historical and film theoretical texts as well as essays pertinent to specific films. Films by Fassbinder, Bergman, von Trier, Jarman, Godard, Haneke, Antonioni, Greenaway and others. T 3.30-5.20

GMAN 286 01 (20630) 

Medieval German Romance and Epic

Mary Paddock

Study of three great medieval works of Arthurian romance and courtly epic: Parzival, Tristan, and the Nibelungenlied. Literary transmission in both oral and written cultures, conventions and inventions of courtly narrative, courtly patronage and its historical context, moral and religious codes of knighthood and chivalric heroism. Readings in English translation. Th 3.30-5.20

GMAN 308 01 (20631) /LITR439

Rilke and Yeats

Carol Jacobs

Close readings of individual works by Rainer Maria Rilke and William Butler Yeats, with an eye to the theoretical implications of their writings. Th 1.30-3.20

 

GMAN 315 01 (21665) /LITR431/CPLT651/HUMS243/GMAN647/PHIL482/PHIL606

Systems and Their Theory

Henry Sussman

Conceptual systems that have, since the outset of modernity, furnished a format and platform for rigorous thinking at the same time that they have imposed on language the attributes of self-reflexivity, consistency, repetition, purity, and dependability. Texts by Kant, Hegel, Bergson, Kafka, Proust, and Borges. T 3.30-5.20

GMAN 376 01 (20636) /HUMS242/LITR246

Twentieth-Century German Fiction

Henry Sussman

Introduction to twentieth-century German fiction. Selected readings range from experimental (Walser, Kafka, Roth, Wolf) to classical (Mann, Musil) and from Austrians (Musil), Germans (Mann, Döblin, Wolf), Swiss (Walser), and Austro-Hungarians (Roth). Topics include: modernist improvisation and the turn to language; undercurrents of mystification and superstition in German thought; and radical political instability and cultural exploration under the Weimar Republic. MW 4.00-5.15

GMAN 415 02 (20639) /HUMS370/LITR233

Büchner: Between Romantic Comedy and Modern Science

Rüdiger Campe

Close reading of works by Georg Büchner, romantic poet and founder of the anticlassical tradition in German literature. The range of Büchner’s writings in terms of discourse and performative style, including comedy, tragedy, psychological case study, political pamphlet, philosophical lecture, and scientific paper. Attention to the interrelation between literary and nonliterary semantics. Readings in English and German. Discussion in English. W 1.30-3.20, 1 HTBA

Spring 2017 Graduate Courses

GMAN 559 01 (22307) 

Rilke and Yeats

Carol Jacobs

Study of the works of two twentieth-century authors who, in very different ways, challenge conventional modes in which to think about the relationship between literature and what we tend to call reality. We ask how to think about the performance of art and its implicit theorizations as crucial to this issue, and ponder the difference between the commitment to and lack of interest in a thematics of lived life. The nature and purpose of the course are to practice close reading as a mode of thinking and a path to theorizing. We explore how that theorization of the text takes place, not in a separate sphere, but out of the details and performance of individual literary works. Although our classes settle on individual works, students are expected to read much more widely in the corpus of the two poets. Th 1:30-3:20

GMAN 642 01 (22520) 

Büchner: Between Comedy and Science

Rüdiger Campe

Close reading of works by Georg Büchner, romantic poet and founder of the anticlassical tradition in German literature. The range of Büchner’s writings in terms of discourse and performative style, including comedy, tragedy, psychological case study, political pamphlet, philosophical lecture, and scientific paper. Attention to the interrelation between literary and nonliterary semantics.

Readings in English and German. Discussion in English. W 1:30-3:20

GMAN 647 01 (22309) /LITR431/CPLT651/HUMS243/GMAN315/PHIL482/PHIL606

Systems and Their Theory

Henry Sussman

Conceptual systems that have, since the outset of modernity, furnished a format and platform for rigorous thinking at the same time that they have imposed on language the attributes of self-reflexivity, consistency, repetition, purity, and dependability. Texts by Kant, Hegel, Bergson, Kafka, Proust, and Borges. T 3.30-5.20

GMAN 757 01 (22521) 

Medieval German Romance and Epic

Mary Paddock

Study of three great medieval works of Arthurian romance and courtly epic: Parzival, Tristan, and the Nibelungenlied. Literary transmission in both oral and written cultures, conventions and inventions of courtly narrative, courtly patronage and its historical context, moral and religious codes of knighthood and chivalric heroism. Th 3.30-5.20

GMAN 760 01 (22324) /CPLT905/FILM760

Intermediality in Film

Brigitte Peucker

Film is a hybrid medium, the meeting point of several others. This course focuses on the relationship of film to theater and painting, suggesting that where two media are in evidence, there is usually a third. Topics include space, motion, color, theatricality, tableau vivant, ekphrasis, spectatorship, and new media. Readings feature art historical and film theoretical texts as well as essays pertinent to specific films. Films by Fassbinder, Bergman, Murnau, von Trier, Rohmer, Godard, Kiarostami, and others, concluding with three films by Peter Greenaway. T 3:30–5:20