GER 102 Beginning German II

Professor: L. Morris

CRN: 11607

Distribution: D

Time: Tu W Th F 1:20 pm - 2:20 pm OLIN 107

For students with little or no previous instruction in German. This course is designed to develop listening comprehension and speaking proficiency as well as reading and writing skills. Instruction will include grammar drills, review of readings, communication practice, guided composition, and language lab exercises. Readings furnish insights into many aspects of German civilization and culture, thus conveying to students what life is like in the German-speaking countries today. Indivisible.


GER 202 Intermediate German II

Professor: S. Kufner

CRN: 11608

Distribution: B/D

Time: M W Th F 9:00 am - 10:00 am LC 206

For students who have completed German 101-102 or German 200 Transitional German. This course is designed to increase the student's command of all four language skills (speaking, comprehension, reading, writing). Provision is made for expansion of grammar review, conversational practice, and language lab work. Selected readings from modern authors, introducing students to various styles of literary German.


GER 320 Modern Short Prose

Professor: F. Kempf

CRN: 11437

Distribution: B/D

Time: M Th 3:40 pm - 4:40 pm LC 118

Literary analysis and interpretation, with an eye toward political, social, and historical issues, of short stories, parables, anecdotes, novellas, and experimental texts by acknowledged major authrs such as Rilke, Hesse, Kafka, Brecht, Aichinger, Kirsch, Bichsel, Wolf, and Boll. Conducted in German.


GER 321 History of German Literature in Translation

Professor: F. Kempf

CRN: 11438

Distribution: B/D

Time: W 10:30 am - 12:30 pm LC 206

A survey of representative works of german literature from the seventeenth century to the present. We will consider the major works of the Enlightenment, Sturm und Drang, Classicism, Romanticism, Realism, and the Weimar period. The focus will be on the development of the Bildungsroman. Readings by Goethe, Schiller, Lessing, Eichendorff, E.T.A. Hoffman, Kleist, Keller, Heine, Fontane, Wedekind, Rilke, Thomas Mann, and Heinrich Mann. Course conducted in English. An additional tutorial will be offered for students who wish to read works in the original.


GER 390 Literary Translation: German to English

Professor: L. Morris

CRN: 11609

Distribution: B/D

Time: Th 9:20 am - 11:20 am OLIN 307

This course takes as its starting point Octavio Paz's assertion that "there is always an Urtext--the never written and never spoken original, always virtual and always appearing in many versions, all saying the same thing and saying different things." As we read translations of German literature into English and produce our own translations, we will reflect on the relationship between the original and the translated text, and explore translation as the attempt to recover the original or absent text and "cross over" into the translation. The course will serve as an introduction to the history of translation in the German intellectual tradition, beginning with Luther's translation of the Bible and focusing on the German Romantics' preoccupation with translation. We will read a variety of perspectives on translation theory, beginning with Herder, Goethe, A. W. Schlegel, Novalis, H”lderlin, and Heidegger, and moving to contemporary critics such as George Steiner, Andre Lefevere, Octavio Paz, John Felstiner, and Walter Benjamin. Readings will include the many translations of Goethe's Faust and the poetry of H”lderlin, Goethe, Rilke, George, Celan, Benn and Bachmann. In addition to examining the theoretical and philosophical questions that accompany the act of translating, we will translate a variety of texts from the original German into English, including poetry, prose, drama, philosophical excerpts, and aphorisms. Course conducted in English; knowledge of German is required.


GER 407 Der Bildungsroman: Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre

Professor: L. Morris

CRN: 11610

Distribution: B/D

Time: W F 10:30 am - 11:30 am OLIN 306

Novalis and Schlegel claimed that Goethe's Wilhelm Meister was "thoroughly prosaic" and "unpoetic to the highest degree." Schiller condemned Goethe's masterpiece for its "impure" combination of "prose sobriety and poetic boldness." Yet a century later the literary critic Georg Lukacs wrote of the "homeless, poetic figures that move through the novel as the very embodiments of the Romantic spirit." This course will investigate through a close and detailed reading of the novel the contradictions and complexities of Goethe's Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, its position at the crossroads between German Classicism and Romanticism, and the development of the Bildungsroman. We will briefly consider Novalis' response to Goethe's novel in Heinrich von Ofterdingen, Peter Handke's reworking of Wilhelm Meister in his novella Falsche Bewegung (1975), and Wim Wenders' film adaption of the Handke novella. Additional readings by Schlegel, Dilthey, and Lukacs. Course conducted in German.