GER 106

 Intensive German

Stephanie Kufner

M T W Th F 8:50-11:10 am




8 credits  Beginning German Intensive is designed to enable students with no or little previous experience in German to complete three semesters of college German within five months: fall semester at Bard, plus an intensive course abroad at Bard College Berlin during winter break (upon successful completion carrying four additional credits). Students will take eleven class hours per week during the semester at Bard, plus a weekly conversation meeting with the German language tutor. The communicative approach actively involves students from day one in this class. As the course progresses, the transition is made from learning the language for everyday communication to the reading and discussion of classical and modern texts (such as Goethe, Heine, Kafka, Brecht) as well as of music and film. The concluding section of the program will be spent at Bard’s sister campus in Berlin in January 2019: Students will further explore German language and culture in an intensive format (4 hours per day), which is accompanied by guided tours introducing participants to Berlin’s intriguing history, architecture, and vibrant cultural life. Students interested in this class must consult with Prof. Kufner before on-line registration. (Need-based financial aid for the Berlin section of the course is available; please discuss further details with instructor.) Class size: 20



GER 303

 grimms marchen: Once Upon a Time

Franz Kempf

 T  Th    10:10-11:30 am

OLIN 310



“Enchanting, brimming with wonder and magic, the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm are the special stories of childhood that stay with us throughout our lives,” writes translator and Grimm scholar Jack Zipes. Unfortunately, we seem to know these tales only in adaptations that greatly reduce their power to touch our emotions and engage our imaginations. Through a close reading of selected tales, with emphasis on language, plot, motif, and image, this course explores not only the tales’ poetics and politics but also their origins in the oral tradition, in folklore and myth. The course considers major critical approaches (e.g., Freudian, Marxist, feminist) and conducts a contrastive analysis of creative adaptations (Disney, classical ballet, postmodern dance) and other fairy-tale traditions (Perrault, Straparola, Arabian Nights). Creative and critical writing assignments. Conducted in German. Class size: 16



GER 322

 WORDS AND FLOWERS: The Poem between Myth AND Botany

Jason Kavett

 T  Th    11:50-1:10 pm




Flowers and trees rustle through literature, which draws on the world of plants to create meaning. What kinds of lives do these neglected protagonists lead in literary texts? When one names a flower, what kind of knowledge is thus tacitly imparted? Which aspects of human experience do poets take recourse to the world of plants to address? How do folklore, local life, mysticism, and observation of the natural world interact in literature? Our inquiry, focused mostly on modern German-language poetry, will be nourished by close readings of poems by figures such as Celan, Goethe, Heine, and Hölderlin. We will also consult botanical guidebooks in German from the 19th and early 20th centuries. To conclude, we will ask what happens to flowers—their description and their symbolic language—in translation. In addition to writing critical essays to practice close reading, students will deepen their German vocabulary and linguistic abilities through regular work on creative writing projects in German. Taught in German. Includes review and expansion of German grammar and vocabulary. Class size: 16



GER 418

 German Expressionism

Franz Kempf

 T  Th    1:30-2:50 pm

OLIN 310



Less a style than a Weltanschauung of a rebellious generation, German Expressionism – flourishing roughly between 1905 and 1925 – is generally seen as an artistic reflection of a common feeling of crisis whose origins can be sought, for instance, in the loss of a cohesive world view, especially in the wake of Nietzsche's pessimistic diagnosis; the disappearance of individualism in burgeoning urban centers; the hypocrisy of Imperial Wilhelminian Germany; the soulless materialism and the (self-) alienation of increased industrialization; and the collapse of Newtonian science. Readings will include works by Frank Wedekind, Gottfried Benn, Georg Heym, Else Lasker-Schüler, Kafka, Georg Kaiser, and Georg Trakl. Since Expressionism involved not just literature but painting, music, and film, we will also consider works by the Brücke- and Blaue Reiter-associations of painters, Alban Berg’s opera Wozzeck, and films such as Der letzte Mann, M, and Die Büchse der Pandora. Taught in German. Class size: 16




Cross-listed course:



LIT 206

 Goethe's Faust

Franz Kempf

M  W      10:10-11:30 am

OLIN 306



Cross-listed: German  Studies



LIT 220


Jason Kavett

 T  Th    3:10-4:30 pm




Cross-listed: German  Studies



HIST 2135


Cecile Kuznitz

  W          1:30-3:50 pm

OLIN 306




Cross-listed: German  Studies; Human Rights; Jewish Studies 



PHIL 375

 The Philosophy of Nietzsche

Daniel Berthold

 T           1:30-3:50 pm

OLIN 309



Cross-listed: German  Studies