GER German Courses
Undergraduate seminar that focuses on specific ideas, questions, phenomena or controversies, taught by a regular Faculty member deeply engaged in the discipline. Open only to newly admitted first year students. It may serve as a distribution requirement course; see page 40.
An intensive language course for students with no previous knowledge of German. Practice in comprehension, reading, writing and speaking. This course can be counted towards all programs in German.
A team-taught interdisciplinary survey introducing students to German social, cultural, and intellectual history. This course is taught in English and is open to all students.
Continuation of work done in GER100Y1/101H1. Further expansion of basic grammar and vocabulary, practice in comprehension, translation, composition, and conversation.
An overview of some key works in German literature from 1750 to the present. This course serves as an introduction to German literature, and is suited for students with little or no prior knowledge of the German language.
An introduction to the study of German literary texts in the original German. Writings by Kafka, Brecht, Durrenmatt, and others. This course is required for majors and specialists.
This course is designed as an introduction to reading scholarly and/or scientific German. Emphasized are translations (German to English), basic grammar, and necessary pronunciation. No previous knowledge of the language is required. There is a computer module for additional practice. This course cannot be taken as part of a German program.
Representative dramas of the 19th and 20th centuries by a variety of authors are analyzed in depth and the dramatic forms highlighted. When available, a film version of the drama will be discussed.
Introduction to Yiddish language, literature, and culture, featuring intensive practice with a native speaker. The dialect taught is that of the text College Yiddish by Uriel Weinreich.
Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project. See page 40 for details.
German at the intermediate level: extension of vocabulary, specific problems of grammar, practice in translation, essay-writing, reading and conversation. Students intending to specialize in German must take a full course equivalent in literature as well. The Department reserves the right to place students in the appropriate course in the series GER200Y1 and 300Y1.
Building on the work of GER205H1, this course explores texts from the mid-18th century to the present. This course is required for majors and specialists.
These central themes of Romanticism are examined through reading texts by authors of the era.
An examination of German literary movements as they responded to the challenge of social and economic changes in the 19th century.
An inquiry into the literary representation of crime, the delinquent and the changing nature of retribution.
A survey of the literary confrontation with madness, deviance and the unsconscious.
A study of the theme of revolution in German drama from the period preceding the revolution of 1848 up to the post-Vietnam era.
Franz Kafka’s texts situated within the literary, historical, and philosophical context of fin-de-siècle Prague and central Europe.
Expressionism, dada, Bauhaus, the ‘Golden Age’ in German film: an examination of literary and artistic movements in the era between World War I and the rise of Nazism.
An examination of post-World War II German literature and culture from “Zero Hour” through to contemporary debates about the Holocaust and its memorialization.
This introduction to German Cinema will provide a historical perspective on German film and the innovations of German filmmakers. Students will engage with film language and the analysis of film. Knowledge of German is not required.
The area of concentration depends on the instructor and can vary from year to year. These courses are offered only in Berlin.
Prerequisite: Permission of the department
Prerequisite: Permission of the department
An overview of the major figures and tendencies in modern Yiddish literature and culture from the beginning of the 19th century to the present. Readings (in English) of modern Yiddish prose, poetry, drama and cinema.
Soviet Jewish culture between 1917 and 1941. Works in translation by Soviet Yiddish writers and poets, performances of central Yiddish theatres, and publications in central Yiddish periodicals will be analyzed as expressions of Soviet ideology and of ethnic identity.
An introduction to the use of German in the business context. Emphasis on oral and written communication.
An instructor-supervised group project in an off-campus setting. See page 40 for details.
For students with a firm grasp of German. Review of advanced features of the language. Emphasis on both oral and written communication. Introducion to aspects of stylistcs.
An examination of key moments and themes in German intellectual history from the Enlightenment to the present.
Current debates in critical theory. This course will familarize students with some of the key issues in critical theory today, and provide the background to these debates.
History of various concepts of modernity. This course traces the emergence of early theories of modernity in German literature, culture and theory.
An innovator and superb craftsman across the whole literary spectrum of drama, prose, and poetry, Goethe will be studied in the context of his age.
With the representation of gender as its focus, this course will examine key works of modern German literature, where typical themes range from love, lust and treachery to masochism, cross-dressing and other forms of gender trouble.
An exploration of the cultural development of Berlin through literature, from the Bismarckian era through the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich to the construction of the Berlin Wall and German unification.
Advanced reading, writing, vocabulary and conversation. Study of poetry, short fiction, and memoir literature by leading authors. Selected advanced grammatical topics presented in conjunction with the study of texts. Conducted entirely in Yiddish.
Intensive development of the linguistic skills needed in the context of a German business environment.
A reading and research project in Germanic literature or linguistics.
A scholarly project chosen by the student and supervised by a member of the staff. The form of the project and the manner of its execution are determined in consultation with the supervisor. All project proposals should be submitted by June 1.
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