GER 202

 Intermediate German II

Franz Kempf

 T W Th   10:10-11:30 am




For students who have completed three semesters of college German (or the equivalent). The course is designed to deepen the proficiency gained in the German Intensive and the January program in Berlin by increasing students’ fluency in speaking, reading, and writing, and adding significantly to their working vocabulary. Students improve their ability to express their own ideas and hone their strategies for understanding spoken and written communication. Selected 20th-century literary texts and films, including the cinematic classic Der blaue Engel and Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s play Die Physiker. Please consult with the instructor if you are unsure about your proficiency level.  Class size: 16



GER 324

 Confronting Injustice

Jason Kavett

 T  Th    11:50-1:10 pm




Cross-listed:Human Rights This course is about literary representations of and confrontations with injustice in the 19th and 20th centuries. Works by Heinrich Heine, Rosa Luxemburg, Else Lasker-Schüler, Franz Kafka, Gerhard Hauptmann, Bertolt Brecht, and Paul Celan will be at the center of our discussions. In addition, we will read the "Book of Job" in conversation with selections from Margarete Susman's study of Job's legacy. We will pay particular attention to representations of perseverance against anti-Semitism, workers' struggles, and the relation of the individual to the law. Students will hone their speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills in German. This class is intended for students learning German, who have completed Intermediate II or the equivalent, and is also appropriate for students who have already taken a 300-level class. Regular assignments and classroom activities are oriented toward grammar review and expansion of vocabulary, with a particular focus on critical and creative writing in German. Class size: 16



GER 421

 THE Experience OF THE Foreign IN GErman LitERATURE

Franz Kempf

 T  Th    1:30-2:50 pm

OLIN 307




This course will examine representations of foreignness in modern German literature and opera (e.g., Lessing, Mozart, Novalis, Heine, Kafka, Frisch), in contemporary films (Hark Bohm, R.W. Fassbinder, Fatih Akin), and in works of nonnative Germans writing in Germany today (Yoko Tawada, Aras Ören, Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Rafik Schami).  Attempting to combine aesthetic appreciation with cultural critique, the course will focus on issues such as multiculturalism, homogeneity, and xenophobia.  Its goal is to enable students to approach cultural difference, in Claire Kramsch's words, "in a spirit of ethnographic inquiry rather than in a normative or judgmental way." Conducted in  German.  Class size: 16


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LIT 238

 Revolutionary Thought & Poetry

Jason Kavett

 T  Th    3:10-4:30 pm




Cross-listed: German  Studies; Jewish Studies



PHIL 313

 19th C. Continental Philosophy

Daniel Berthold

M           1:30-3:50 pm

OLIN 301



Cross-listed: German  Studies