Course

GER 102   Beginning German II

Professor

Franz Kempf

CRN

15114

 

Schedule

M T W Th    11:30  - 12:50 pm  Olin L.C. 120

Distribution

OLD: D

NEW: Foreign Language, Literature, & Culture

A continuation of GER 101, this course is designed to develop listening comprehension and speaking proficiency, as well as reading and writing skills. Instruction includes grammar drills, review of readings, communication practice, guided composition, and language lab exercises. Readings furnish insights into many aspects of German civilization and culture, conveying what life is like in the German-speaking countries today. Indivisible.

 

Course

GER 309   Goethe's Faust: Sympathy for the Devil?  

Professor

Franz Kempf

CRN

15115

 

Schedule

Tu Th          10:00  - 11:20 am  Olin L.C. 120

Distribution

OLD: D

NEW: Foreign Language, Literature, & Culture

An intensive study of Goethe's drama about a man in league with the devil. The dynamics of Faust's striving for knowledge of the world and experience of life and Mephistopheles' advancement and subversion of this striving provides the basis for our analysis of the play's central themes, individuality, knowledge and transcendence, in regard to their meaning in Goethe's time and their relevance for our time. To gain a fuller appreciation of the variety, complexity, and dramatic fascination of Goethe's Faust, we will also consider Faust literature before and after Goethe and explore the integration of Faust in music, theater, and film (e.g. Arrigo Boito's opera Mefistofele, Friendrich W. Murnau's film Faust).  Taught in English. Students with an advanced proficiency in German are encouraged to read Faust in the original.

 

Course

GER 320   Modern German Short  Prose

Professor

Susan Bernofsky

CRN

15126

 

Schedule

Tu               1:30  -3:30 pm      PRE 101

Th                1:30 – 2:30  pm    PRE 101

Distribution

OLD: B/D

NEW: Foreign Language, Literature, & Culture

A survey of great works of mainly twentieth-century prose, including Novellen, Erzählungen, parables and other short forms. Detailed literary analysis will be combined with the discussion of the social, political and historical contexts of each work and interspersed with frequent creative writing assigments. Readings to include E.T.A. Hoffmann, Franz Kafka, Robert Musil, Thomas Mann, Robert Walser, Heinrich von Kleist, Walter Benjamin, Ingeborg Bachmann, Max Frisch, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Ilse Aichinger, Peter Handke, Thomas Bernhard, Jenny Erpenbeck, Yoko Tawada and others. Conducted in German.

 

Course

GER T200  German Theater Scripting and Production

Professor

Stephanie Kufner

CRN

15379

 

Schedule

To be arranged

For students with an interest in the conception, practice and production of a bilingual theater play within the German Studies Program, based on works by Brecht, Kafka or other authors of interest to participants.  This tutorial is open to anybody from the Bard Community and involves scripting, acting, stage management, and music, with students  choosing which of these elements they want to focus on. Some German language skills preferred but not a prerequisite.