GER  106   A

 Intensive German

Thomas Wild

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10:30am- 12:45pm



8 credits  Beginning German Intensive is designed to enable students with little or no previous experience in German to complete three semesters of college German within five months: spring semester at Bard, plus four weeks in the summer at Bard College Berlin (upon successful completion carrying four additional credits). Students will take eight 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 four weeks of the program will be spent at Bard’s sister campus in Berlin: Students will further explore German language and culture in a twenty hours per week course, 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 Profs Thomas Wild or Stephanie Kufner before online-registration. (Need-based financial aid for the Berlin section of the course is available; please discuss further details with instructors.)  Class size: 16



GER / LIT  206   


Goethe's Faust

Franz Kempf

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11:50am- 1:10pm



See Literature section for description.



GER  320   

 Modern German Prose

Franz Kempf

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10:10am- 11:30am



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.   Class size: 15



GER  421   

 THE Experience OF THE  Foreign IN German LitERATURE

Franz Kempf

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OLIN 310


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: 15