The German Immersion program will be offered in the Spring of 2000, therefore Basic German (101-102) will not be offered in the fall of 1999. See Spring 2000 Course List for details. Students are encouraged to contact Professor Kempf early in the fall if interested in participating in the spring course.

CRN

90081

Course No.

GER 110

Title

Transitional German

Professor

Stephanie Kufner

Schedule

Tu Wed Th Fr 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm LC 115

Distribution

D

This course is for students with varied backgrounds in German whose proficiency is not yet on the level of 201. While the emphasis will be on a complete review of elementary grammar, all four language skills (speaking, comprehension, reading, writing) as well as cultural proficiency will be sharpened. Extensive Language Lab work will be combined with conversational practice, reading and dramatization of modern German texts, and writing simple compositions. Successful completion will allow students to continue with German 202.

CRN

90082

Course No.

GER 201

Title

Intermediate German I

Professor

Susan Bernofsky

Schedule

Mon Tu Wed Th 1:30 pm -2:30 pm LC 208

Distribution

D

For students who have completed German 101-102 or have had some previous instruction (two years of high school or one year of college). This course is designed to increase the student's command of all four language skills (speaking, comprehension, reading, writing). Provision is made for complete grammar review, conversational practice, and language lab work. Selected readings from modern authors, introducing students to various styles of literary German, are discussed.

CRN

90691

Course No.

GER 286

Title

Paul Celan

Professor

Susan Bernofsky

Schedule

Mon Wed 3:00 pm -4:20 pm LC 120

Distribution

B/D

Cross listed: Jewish Studies/Literature

An in-depth study of this enigmatic poet-the most prominent Jewish poet writing in German after the Holocaust-whose work stands at the heart of so many twentieth-century debates about art's relation to politics, history, morality, cultural memory and personal identity. Along with Paul Celan's own work, students will read the poems of many of his important predecessors-above all Rilke, but also Heine, Hölderlin, George, Benn and Trakl-as well as his contemporaries. These readings will be supplemented by a consideration of the philosophical debates that arose around Celan's work (e.g. Heidegger, Adorno, Szondi, Gadamer). Finally, students will consider issues of translation, relevant not only to Celan's own translations of Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson and others, but also to the particular difficulties presented by his work. Students will analyze and critique different versions of the same poems and, by the end of the term, prepare translations of their own. Frequent short papers. Taught in English. Readings will be available in English translation, but students able to read the poems in German will be expected to do so. First year students welcome.

CRN

90084

Course No.

GER 430

Title

Kafka's Shorter Prose

Professor

Franz Kempf

Schedule

Wed Fr 11:30 am - 12:50 pm LC 118

Distribution

B/D

Close readings of such "nightmarish" masterpieces as The Metamorphosis and The Judgment. Discussion of the various approaches used to decipher the seemingly indecipherable texts. Conducted in German.

Prerequisite: Advanced proficiency in German; at least one 300 level German literature course.