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For more than a thousand years the German-speaking countries have been the cultural and political core of Central Europe. During the last two hundred years their importance has steadily increased, and with the recent developments in eastern Europe their influence seems certain to grow even more.

The importance of the German language has grown correspondingly: it is the second foreign language after English in the countries of central and eastern Europe, and its use is spreading within the European Community. Learning German opens the door to many fields of intellectual, technical and politico-economic endeavour. German scholars have been leaders in philosophy, the sciences, history, archaeology, sociology and political science, while German literature is equally distinguished, with writers like Goethe, Kafka, Rilke, Brecht, Mann, Grass, etc., who have dealt with the widest possible range of human problems and concerns.

The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures offers courses on literature from the Middle Ages to the present, so that the student may acquire an overview of this significant element of German life and culture. Also offered are language courses on the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels, with practice in reading, writing, comprehending and speaking German, as well as stylistics, linguistics, and the specialized vocabulary and concepts of business. Instruction in Dutch and Yiddish is also offered on the beginning and intermediate levels.

The Department supports opportunities for students to study and work in Germany, by encouraging participation in programs established by the German government, by Canadian universities, and by our own Arts and Science Faculty's "Study Elsewhere Program." One of these is the exchange program under which Toronto students, accompanied by a Mentor from the Department, can spend the academic year at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

A knowledge of German is a virtual necessity for specialists in many disciplines; it is also very useful in certain career areas (e.g., the foreign service, interpretation and translation, librarianship, business and commerce, music, tourism, and of course teaching). The successful completion of a four-year program, including seven approved courses in German, may entitle the student to enter the M.A. or Ph.D. program in the Graduate Division of the Department.

Students entering with some previous knowledge of German but without an OAC qualification may be asked to write an initial assessment test and will then be advised to take courses at the appropriate level. Students who have taken German in high school to OAC level will normally begin with GER 202Y/204Y.

Information on studies in German Language and/or Literature can be obtained from the Associate Chair.

Associate Chair: Professor H.W. Seliger.

Enquiries: Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, 50 St. Joseph Street, Room 322 (926-2324).


Faculty Members

University Professor Emeritus
H. Eichner, BA, Ph D, LL D, FRSC

Professors Emeriti
E. Catholy, Dr Phil (SM) H. Froeschle, MA, Dr Phil (SM)
R.H. Farquharson, MA, Ph D (V) D.A. Joyce, AM, Ph D (T)
G.W. Field, ED, CD, MA, Ph D (V) V. Mueller-Carson, MA, Ph D (SM)

Professor and Acting Chair of the Department
A.P. Dierick, MA, Ph D (V)

and Associate Chair
H.W. Seliger, MA, Ph D (V)

C.N. Genno, MA, Ph D (V) D.W.J. Vincent, MA, Ph D (T)
W. Hempel, Dr Phil (SM) H. Wetzel, Dr Phil (U)
H.L.M. Mayer, Dr Phil (V)

Associate Professors
A.D. Latta, MA, Ph D (T) C. Saas, Ph D (E)
R.W. Leckie, Ph D

Assistant Professor
A. Solbach, Staatsex, Ph D, Dr habil

Senior Tutors
U. Lischke-McNab, MA, Ph D U.E. Sherman, Ph D

Special Lecturers
S. Green, MA, Ph D E. Moidel, BA
E.D. Kellman, MPhil I. Van Weel
J.E. Knörzer, MA, Ph D



Enrolment in the Specialist and Major programs is open to students who have successfully completed four courses and who have the required competence in German. Students without OAC German should arrange their courses in consultation with the Department.

Specialist program (Hon.B.A.): S21351 (10 full courses or their equivalent)

The Specialist Program requires that at least four of the ten courses must be at the 300+ level with a minimum of one course at the 400-level.
First Year: GER 204Y, 200Y/202Y
Second Year: GER 220Y/324Y, 300Y
Third and Fourth Years:
1. GER 328H, 426H, 430Y/460Y
2. At least 2.5 courses from: GER 235Y, 351Y, 370Y/470Y, 400Y, 415H, 416H, 450Y, 490H; LIN 100Y, 202Y, 231H, 232H
3. At least 1.5 courses from: GER 334H, 434H, 435H, 440H, 441H, 442H, 443H, 490H

Major program Major program: M21351 (7 full courses or their equivalent)

The Major Program requires that at least two of the seven courses must be at the 300+ level.
First Year: GER 204Y, 200Y/202Y
Second Year: GER 220Y/324Y, 300Y
Third and Fourth Years:
1. At least 1.5 courses from: GER 235Y, 426H, 370Y/470Y, 400Y, 415H, 416H, 450Y, 490H
2. At least 1.5 courses from: GER 328H, 334H, 430Y, 434H, 435H, 440H, 441H, 442H, 443H, 460Y, 490H

Minor program Minor program: R21351 (4 full courses or their equivalent, including one 300-series course)

Four GER courses forming a coherent series, which must be approved by the Department before enrolment in the Second Year.

GERMAN AND PHILOSOPHY (Hon.B.A.) Specialist program: S16201 (13 full courses or their equivalent, including at least one 400-series course)

Enrolment in this program is open to students who have successfully completed four courses and who have the required competence in German. Students without OAC German should arrange their courses in consultation with the Department.

NOTE: At least one of the GER or PHL/PHI courses must be at the 400-level.

GERMAN: (6 courses)
First Year: At least one approved GER course
Higher Years: Additional GER courses to a total of six, including at least three literature courses, of which at least two are 300+ series

PHILOSOPHY: (7 courses)
1. Six courses in Philosophy, at least two above the 200-level, including at least two of: PHL/PHI 312H, PHL 315H, PHL/PHI 316H, PHL 318H, PHL/PHI 320H, PHL/PHI 321H, PHL 322H, PHL/PHI 326H
2. One course from GER/PHL/PHI/GER 235Y/a course in German history


(Hon.B.A.) Specialist program: S14001 (10 full courses or their equivalent with at least one course at the 400-level)

Enrolment in this program is open to students who have successfully completed four courses and who have the required competence in German. Students without OAC German should arrange their courses in consultation with the Department.
1. GER 235Y
2. Five full courses from Group A 3 Four full courses from Group B Group A: German Language and Literature:

GER 100Y, 200Y/202Y, 204Y, 220Y, 230H, 231H, 232H, 300Y/303Y/370Y, 324Y, 328H, 334H, 351Y, 400Y/470Y, 415H, 416H, 426H, 430Y, 434H, 435H, 440H, 441H, 442H, 443H, 450Y, 460Y, 490H Group B: German Culture and History:

FAH 385H, 405H, 407H; HIS 317Y, 331H, 334Y, 340Y, 342Y, 398Y, 407Y, 414Y, 444Y, 445Y, 446Y, 486H; MUS 202H, 204H, 205H, 408H; PHL 215H, 216H, 312H, 315H, 316H, 320H, 321H; POL 303Y, 307Y, 320Y, 400H, 405Y, 444Y, 446Y, 460Y, 482Y; RLG 223H, 301H, 302H, 332Y, 342Y, 344Y


Minor program: R24531 (4 full courses or their equivalent)
1. GER 370Y, 470Y
2. Two other GER courses



Minor program: R11631 (4 full courses or their equivalent)
1. GER 260Y, 360Y, 361Y
2. One of GER 461Y; HIS 208Y, 398Y, 433H


(see Section 4 for Key to Course Descriptions)

For Distribution Requirement purposes, all GER courses are classified as HUMANITIES courses.

First Year Seminar 52T

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 breadth requirement course; see First Year Seminars: 199Y.

The World Literature Program also includes courses from this department; see under WLD

NOTE Students with German-speaking background are expected to consult the Department about their programs. The Department reserves the right to place students in the language course appropriate to their level of language skill.

Reading lists for the various courses are available from the Department.

Students intending to specialize in German may also consult the calendar of Erindale College for additional course offerings which may be counted for specialization.

Introductory German 130P

An intensive language course for students with no previous knowledge of German. Practice in comprehension, reading, writing and speaking.
Exclusion: OAC German, GER101H, 105Y GER101H
Introductory German: Continuation 65P

An intensive language course for students who have studied German, but who have not quite attained OAC level. Practice in comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. This course is equivalent to the Spring Term of GER100Y.
Exclusion: OAC German, GER100Y, 105Y

Reading German 78P

An introduction to reading and translating German scholarly and scientific texts with the aid of a dictionary. No previous knowledge of German necessary; basic grammar and pronunciation are taught.
Exclusion: OAC German, GER100Y, 101H

Introductory German II: Reading and Review 104P

Continuation of work done in GER100Y/101H. Expansion of basic grammar and vocabulary, practice in comprehension, translations, compositions, and conversation.
Exclusion: GER202Y
Prerequisite: GER100Y/101H

Language Practice for OACs 104P

This course is intended for students coming to the Department with an OAC in German. Review of basic grammar, expansion of basic vocabulary, practice in comprehension and in the active skills of writing (translations, compositions) and conversation. The Department reserves the right to place students in the appropriate course in the series GER202Y, 300Y, 400Y, and 450Y.
Exclusion: GER200Y
Prerequisite: OAC German

Introduction to German Literature 78S

An introduction to the study of German literature and literary concepts. Texts are chosen which are linguistically accessible to students who are still developing their reading skills and which are interesting and representative of a period or genre. Required for majors and specialists.
Prerequisite: OAC German or GER100Y/101H

German Drama in Translation 39S

Representative dramas of the 19th and 20th centuries by such authors as Büchner, Hauptmann, Wedekind, Kaiser, Brecht and Dürrenmatt are analyzed in depth and the dramatic forms highlighted. When available, a film version of the drama will be discussed.

German Culture in a European Context 78S

An overview of contemporary German culture and its historical roots, with special emphasis on Germany in the European context. Issues such as German identity, the quest for empire, church-state relations, the culture of court and city, urbanization and industrialization, and the conflict of ideologies in the recent past. Knowledge of German not required.

Yiddish 104P

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.

Introductory Dutch 52L, 26P

A language course for students with little or no previous knowledge of Dutch. Practice in comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.

Research Opportunity Program

Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project. See page 46 for details.

Intermediate German I 104P

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 second-year literature course as well. The Department reserves the right to place students in the appropriate course in the series GER202Y, 300Y, 400Y and 450Y.
Exclusion: GER303Y
Prerequisite: GER200Y/202Y

German Pop Culture 78P

For non-specialists and non-majors who wish to improve their German skills. A multi-media approach combines readings in various pop genres with films and video, art and music. A component on marginalized voices (lesbian, gay and Gastarbeiter) is included. (Offered in alternate years)
Exclusion: GER300Y
Prerequisite: GER200Y/202Y

Nineteenth-Century German Literature (formerly GER224Y) 78S

Literature from Romanticism, Biedermeier, and the political activism of Young Germany to the age of Realism and the unification of Germany under Bismarck; authors such as Eichendorff, Heine, Büchner, Keller, Droste-Hülshoff, and Fontane.
Prerequisite: GER204Y

Enlightenment and Storm and Stress 39S

A selection of works from this highly influential period in German literature with emphasis on Lessing (Aufklärung), the early Goethe, Schiller and their young contemporaries (Sturm und Drang). Required for specialists.
Prerequisite: GER220Y/324Y

Drama: The Twentieth Century 39S

Varieties of German, Swiss, and Austrian drama, from the beginning of the century to the present; playwrights such as Hofmannsthal, Schnitzler, Kaiser, Brecht, Frisch, Dürrenmatt and Strauß. (Offered in alternate years)
Exclusion: GER420H
Prerequisite: GER220Y/324Y

German Cinema as Political and Cultural Text (formerly GER251Y) 52S, 52P

A close study of the major phases of German film making practices. Art Film, Expressionism, "Ministry of the Illusion" and Nazi Propaganda, DEFA and G.D.R. film, New German Cinema and German Women Film makers. An investigation of cultural, political and institutional determinants from past to present. Knowledge of German not required.

Intermediate Yiddish 78P

Review of basic grammar, stylistics, study of short literary texts. Conducted in Yiddish.
Prerequisite: GER260Y

Introduction to Yiddish Literature in Translation 78L

Yiddish literature from its beginnings to its flowering in the modern period. Writers such as Sholom Aleichem, Peretz, Glatstein, Grade and Singer are studied. (Yiddish optional).

Intermediate Dutch 78P

Advanced grammar and syntax, vocabulary building, conversation, translation. Introduction to short literary and cultural texts. (Offered in alternate years)
Prerequisite: GER265Y

Business German I 78P

An introduction to the use of German in the business context. Building on grammar and vocabulary knowledge already acquired, the course enables students to correspond and converse in basic business situations.
Prerequisite: GER200Y/202Y

Advanced German I (formerly GER350Y) 78P

Study of idioms, translation, essay writing, reading, problems of grammar, and oral practice. The Department reserves the right to place students in the appropriate course in the series GER202Y, 300Y, 400Y and 450Y.
Prerequisite: GER300Y

The Structures of Modern German 39S

A systematic description of the phonology, lexicology, syntax, and semantics of present-day Standard German. (Offered in alternate years)
Prerequisite: GER350Y/400Y

The History of the German Language 39S

The development of German from its Indo-European origins to the present, together with the essentials of the cultural background. (Offered in alternate years)
Pre- or Co-requisite: GER350Y/400Y

Middle High German (formerly GER326H) 39S

An introduction to the language, literature, and civilization of Mediaeval Germany.
Prerequisite: GER220Y/324Y/300Y

Romanticism 78S

Traces the development of Romantic thought from its origin to its culmination around 1825. GER430Y or 460Y is required for the Specialist program. (Offered in alternate years)

Modern German Literature: 1890-1945 39S

Prose and poetry from Naturalism and Neo-Romanticism at the turn of the century to Expressionism, Neue Sachlichkeit, Innere Emigration, and Exilliteratur, with works by such authors as Hauptmann, Hofmannsthal, Rilke, Benn, Musil, Broch, Mann, Kafka, and Hesse. (Offered in alternate years)
Prerequisite: GER220Y/324Y

Contemporary German Literature: 1945 to the Present (formerly GER320H) 39S

Prose and poetry since World War II, from the Stunde Null through the Restoration, the division of Germany, the political 60s and beyond, to questions of the place of the individual in our world today; works by such writers as Böll, Celan, Dürrenmatt, Frisch, Grass, Handke, Bobrowski, and Wolf. (Offered in alternate years)
Exclusion: GER320H
Prerequisite: GER220Y/324Y

Senior Seminar 39S

The aim of this course is to stimulate students to engage in depth and/or breadth with certain topics chosen because of their inherent interest.

Senior Seminar for 1998-99:

Multiculturalism in Contemporary German Literature

Multiculturalism is considered from two points of view: 1) Encounters of native German-speakers both at home and abroad with the cultural Other; 2) Confrontations of ethnic minorities with linguistically German culture from inside Germany and Austria. Selected texts provide the basis for discussion.
Prerequisite: GER220Y/324Y

Advanced German II 78S

Advanced language practice, concentrating on problems of translation and style.
Prerequisite: GER350Y/400Y

The Age of Goethe 78S

The classical period in German literature with a focus on major works of Goethe and Schiller. GER430Y or 460Y is required for the Specialist program.(Offered in alternate years)

Advanced Yiddish 78P

Advanced reading, writing, vocabulary and conversation. Study of poetry, short fiction, and memoir literature by leading authors such as Halpern, Margolin Opatoshu, Sholem Aleichem and I.I. Singer. Selected advanced grammatical topics presented in conjunction with the study of texts. Conducted entirely in Yiddish.
Prerequisite: GER360Y or permission of instructor

Business German II 78S

Intensive development of the linguistic skills needed in the context of a German business environment.
Prerequisite: GER370Yor permission of instructor

Independent Study TBA

A reading and research project in Germanic literature or linguistics.
Prerequisite: Permission of Department to be obtained by May 1st for the Fall Term; by November 1st for the Spring Term.

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